Rising from the Ashes: PMA Music

Kenny Wilkerson

“Music speaks what cannot be expressed soothes the mind and gives it rest, heals the heart and makes it whole, flows from heaven to the soul” said Unknown.

Michael Tutza was born and raised in Belleville, St. Louis. Tutza originally went to college for aerospace engineering at Missouri S&T in Rolla, Missouri as an undergrad. However, he went on to graduate from Eastern Illinois with a bachelor’s degree in music.

“Do or do not, there is no try” Said Tutza.

Tutza is a St. Louis Cardinals’ fan but ironically lives next to Wrigley Field. This is Tutza’s first year living in Chicago and he already finds the variety of foods here very unique.

“Food is everything and I love it, especially Mexican and Thai restaurants,” said Tutza.

Colonel Chyterbok allowed Tutza to come in for an interview as a potential candidate for the job. The interview required Tutza to teach an actual music class to underclassmen at PMA.

“Colonel saw my resume on the CPS database, called me and asked if I wanted to do an interview,” said Tutza.

Tutza now teaches Freshmen and Sophomores. Tutza is enjoying what he does so far as he intends on bringing the PMA music class and band club back to life.

“I plan on getting in a couple years here and just see how far we can take this music program,” said Tutza.

“Growing old is mandatory but growing up is optional”, Tutza’s basic principle of life.