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Mike Campese (Born April 2, in Upstate, New York is an American Guitarist, Composer. Mike was a member of the multi-platinum group, The Trans-Siberian Orchestra.[1][2] Campese was picked over several guitarists in 2004 during the bands 4th CD, The Lost Christmas Eve and received a gold record for his work.[3][4][5] In 2008 Mike released his own rock Christmas Cd, "The Meaning of Christmas" and has been well received.[6] Campese is a honors graduate from the Musicians Institute in Hollywood, California and is a graduate of Shaker High School.[7]

Campese appeared on the Jason Becker tribute CD "Warmth In The Wilderness", which has been released internationally on the Lion Music record label [8][9] [10] and his music was featured in a Lions Gate movie, "Vampire Assassins".[11] Mike has been featured in national magazines such as Guitar One, Guitar World [12] and Guitar Player and is a Columnist for these publications[13][14] Mike also writes many online guitar columns on sites such as Guitar Nine,[15] Premier Guitar and Shred Academy [16] Mike has released 8 solo CD's under his name, his second album "Full Circle" was featured on National Public Radio (NPR) stations across the country and was on regular rotation.[17][18][19]

Mike continues to tour with his trio and as a solo artist and has opened and performed with many national acts such as The B-52's the Spin Doctors, KC and The Sunshine Band, Dokken, Sebastian Bach, Lou Reed, Yngwie Malmsteen, Michael Schenker, the members of Yes and Asia, Kip Winger and many more.[20] Campese was a performer at the Max's Kansas City benefit in 2002 and shared the stage with members of the Bob Dylan band and The Smithereens.[21][22] Mike performed on the Cruefest 2 tour, which featured Motley Crue, Godsmack, Drowning Pool, Theory of a Deadman, Rev Theory and more.[23]

Mike's trio was featured on Fox 23, WXXA-TV and Sound Visions which aired across the country.[24][25] Currently, Mike has been performing at the largest trade show in the world, the winter NAMM Show.[26][27] Campese is a versatile musician, he describes his style as Rock Fusion and writes vocal and instrumental arrangements, electric and acoustic.


  1.,,2878798,00.html#bio Mike Campese Bio at Artistdirect
  2. "Bio, Resume of Mike Campese".
  4. Mike Campese at Nationmaster
  5. Guitar Nine Records Review
  6. "The Meaning Of Christmas" review in Poland] Retrieved on March 2008
  7. Mike Campese on
  11. "The First Presbyterian Church Of Broadalbin", Mike Campese feature Retrieved on March 2008
  18. Retrieved on March 2008
  27. Retrieved on March 2008

Discography Edit

Solo AlbumsEdit

  • Total Freedom digitally remasterd (2001)
  • Full Circle (2000)
  • Vibe (2003)
  • The New (2005)
  • Hidden Treasures (2006)
  • The Meaning of Christmas (2008       
  • Electric City (2010)
  • Chameleon (2013)

Other Projects Edit

  • Mr Strange "All This Time"
  • Mr Strange "Hey The World"
  • Jeckyl and Hyde Jeckyl and Hyde

TV and Movie Edit

Other AppearancesEdit

  • Nationwide Compilation by Rodell R (1995)
  • Warmth in the Wilderness Jason Becker Tribute (Lion Music) (2001)

External links Edit

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