With over 25 years experience in guitar performance and education, Mike Valeras has garnered a reputation as one of the most respected musicians, composers and guitar instructors in Nashville.
Having honed his skills in the rich, musical breeding ground of the Boston area, Mike earned his B.M. in music education from Berklee College of Music and his M.M. in performance from the University of Massachusetts. In addition, he spent five years under the tutelage of legendary Jazz educator, Charlie Banacos (Mike Stern, Wayne Krantz, Jeff Berlin).
Mike has worked with many of the industry's most respected musicians, including Steve Vai, John Scofield, Billy Sheehan, Larry Coryell, Keith Carlock, Jeff Berlin, Kirk Covington, Chester Thompson, Ike Stubblefield, Michael Whittaker, Adam Nitti, Wes Little, Brian Allen, Roy Vogt and Bob Harsen.
"...[Mike is] really quite good. He ripped!"
"...[Mike blends] great soloing with thoughtful and at times spectacular arranging ...."
"Valeras and company illustrate the real promise for the future of Jazz-Rock…Outstanding."