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“The person born with a talent they are meant to use will find their greatest happiness in using it. ”

--Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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Member info for Michael Sharp

Michael Sharp


Mike has led a cluttered life which makes it difficult to nail down who he is.

Four years in the navy starting at the age of seventeen. This included a year on MidwayIsland, two years on a Destroyer and Viet Nam. He worked for thirty two years in the grocery business. During those years he went to college where he returned to playing trombone and writing. He had a 16 piece Big Band playing in OrangeCountyin the late 70’s and early 80’s. In 1986 he formed a 6 piece band called “Balboa Brass” and produced the CD “Sounds of Newport” in 1996. He added a vocalist in 1997 and produced “Sounds of Love” in 1999. After being out of the armed forces for ten years, in 1978 he joined the 300th Army Reserve Band inBellCalifornia and was their lead trombone player for twenty three years.

After retiring from the grocery business in 2001 he became a partner in a boat manufacturing company called “Lear Baylor” where he helped develop a twenty foot electric boat called the “Lear 204”. He retired as Operations director in 2007.

All this time he has written. He wrote poems while in the navy, short stories in College (where he was a lousy student!), liner notes for his albums and manuals for the boat.

He currently has a big band called “The Kicks Band” that rehearses every Thursday at the Local 7 Musicians Association inSanta Anafrom 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. This band is just for fun for the musicians to play big band jazz!

Now that he is really retired he wants to get more serious about writing. His thoughts about what he wants to write are as cluttered as his life. The nice thing is, he doesn’t have to worry about it anymore! He and his wife, Jo, live inFountain Valley