Michael Hilbun is a guitarist from Lafayette, Louisiana. He has played a variety of genres in a number of different groups around the music scene. One year after first picking up the guitar, he was accepted into the University of Louisiana at Lafayette’s music department to pursue a degree in guitar performance.
As an undergraduate of Jazz Studies at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, he studied guitar performance under Dr. Jeffrey George. During his time there, he has performed with Chuck Lamb (The Brubeck Brothers/Dry Jack), with the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in "Perfectly Frank: A Century of Sinatra", and opened for the Charmaine Neville Band at Downtown Alive in Lafayette. Michael was also selected to represent UL Lafayette's College of the Arts at the 6th Annual ULS Academic Summit. In addition, he was featured in master classes with Pacquito D’Rivera and also won first place in the 2016 Friends of Music Jazz Guitar Competition. He graduated Magna Cum Laude in May 2017.
After deciding to continue his studies and pursue a Master's Degree, Michael was accepted into the University of New Orleans' Jazz Studies graduate program. There, he studies with guitarist Steve Masakowski. By the end of his first semester there, he appeared on stage with trumpeter Ashlin Parker and guitarist Phil Degruy as part of the Jazz at the Sandbar concert series.
Michael continues to play jazz and other styles professionally in and out of Louisiana in various groups and artists. In 2017, he toured the Northeast United States with two time Grammy award winner Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience. He is the lead guitarist for Anthony Nelson and the Overcomers, a contemporary gospel group who's song "Deeper" reached #1 on the gospel Billboard charts in 2017. He also regularly performs and records with smooth jazz and R&B saxophonist Jeremy Benoit based out of Lafayette, LA.
Off the stage, Michael teaches individual and group guitar, composition, and band lessons both in a privately owned studio and at public studios such as the Music Academy of Acadiana. He is the Director of Contemporary Music at First Lutheran Church and is also a musician-in-residence at the Paul and Lulu Hilliard Art Museum.