Michael holds both a Bachelor and Masters Degree from the Juilliard School where he studied with Philip Smith, Mark Gould and Edward Treutel. His earliest cornet lessons were with Derek Smith, father of Philip Smith, at The Salvation Army church in Montclair, NJ were he still attends. He is a busy freelance musician within the New York and New Jersey area playing with the New York Philharmonic, the Metropolitan Opera, and the New Jersey Symphony Orchestra. He has also played several shows on Broadway.
Michael has toured America, Japan, Australia, the UK, Canada, Norway, Sweden, and Korea as a soloist. In 2014, Baker was a guest soloist at the International Trumpet Guild Conference.