Michael (Mike) Hilbun is a guitarist from Lafayette, Louisiana. His passion for music began at an early age listening to the rock legends of the past, however his journey playing music didn't start until age 16 when he was able to purchase his first guitar. One year later, 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 performed with Chuck Lamb (The Brubeck Brothers/Dry Jack), the Acadiana Symphony Orchestra in "Perfectly Frank: A Century of Sinatra", and he also opened for the Charmaine Neville Band at Downtown Alive in Lafayette. Mike was 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, Mike was accepted into the University of New Orleans' Jazz Studies graduate program. There, he studied with Steve Masakowski (Astral Project) and Chris Adkins (George Porter Jr., Maria Muldaur). During his time there, he appeared on stage with trumpeter Ashlin Parker, guitarist Phil Degruy, vibrophonist Chuck Redd, as well as Peter Bernstein as part of the Jazz at the Sandbar concert series.
Mike continues to perform and record with various artists. In 2017, he toured the Northeast United States with two time Grammy award winner Terrance Simien and the Zydeco Experience. He plays and records with Anthony Nelson and the Overcomers, a contemporary gospel group who's song 2017 "Deeper" reached #1 on the gospel Billboard charts and continues to be played on Kirk Franklin's Praise SiriusXM channel.
Currently, Mike plays guitar with country trio Chapel Hart, APA Nashville's 2019 New Artist of the Year. He also frequently works with Chicago based songwriter Dylan Lloyd, who's music has garnered thousands of monthly listeners on Spotify as well as attention from major companies such as Atrium Music Licensing and more.
Off the stage, Mike owns and runs Louisiana Music Professionals, a lessons and recording studio, where he maintains an active teaching schedule both in person and online. He has taught students from all over the United States and into Europe.