Student finds passion, music in home stretch
Michael Stramiello is not only a UALR student, but also an aspiring, multi-talented musician.
Born and bred in New Jersey, Michael was an ordinary kid with a love for basketball. After moving to Arkansas he attended Abundant Life Schools in Sherwood, where he continued his fledgling career in sports. He had high hopes to earn a scholarship by the time college rolled around, but he unfortunately suffered a torn ACL in one of his knees.
But it was during this time of recovery, he said, that he really fell in love with music.
His musical repertoire, which started with guitar, grew to include banjo, bass, mandolin, piano and drums. The versatility of picking up several instruments led him to play in the music program at Grace Church in Bryant, ultimately forming a group known as Good Morning Revival. The band soon became involved in the community, playing at venues like Vino’s and Juanita’s in downtown Little Rock. They also participated in Battle of the Bands, during which they won first place.
Good Morning Revival has recently taken a break, allowing Stramiello to concentrate on his solo career. While still being involved in what he deems a “great position” at his church, he is spending time writing and recording at Lion’s Den Studios. As for album plans, he hopes to debut his solo record before the end of the year.
If he had to classify his music, it would be a rock and roll sound with an indie feel. Bands like Kings of Leon, The Black Keys, and The Foo Fighters serve as inspiration for his songwriting.
Physical recovery not only led to his passion for music, but also guided him to his career choice. While his knee was healing, he came in contact with medical professionals in the orthopedic field. The doctors, physical therapists and nurses showed him a path that proved dear to his heart.
Although the life of a traveling musician is ideal, Michael said he wants to become an orthopedic physician assistant, an individual who deals primarily with the human foot. He is studying biology with a minor in psychology, and plans to continue his education at University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences.
In this occupation, he can impact the lives of those who endured what he did.
“In a way I’m glad I hurt my knee, because it led to bigger things,” Stramiello said.
In the meantime Michael said he will continue to study and prepare for Physician Assistant School, as well as continue on his path as a songwriter. The future may appear predictable, but, according to Michael, the prospective musician and medical professional is ready for whatever the world has to offer and is determined to be successful in any way.