For 50 years Michael Skinner has pursued a career as a Percussion player and teacher.
He has been a member of the Sadler's Wells Opera Orchestra, London Philharmonic, Philharmonia, and Royal Opera Orchestra where he was Principal Percussion for 31 years.
In addition he played on West end shows and commercial recordings.
As a teacher, he has taught at Trinity College,the Guildhall School of Music and Drama and the Royal College of Music, where he has been a staff member since 1974.
He was an examiner for the Guildhall examination system and compiled their Rudiment book for UMP.
In cooperation with Jan Faulkner, he compiled the Orchestral Snare Drum grade exams for the Trinity/Guildhall syllabus.
He has been NAPT President since the beginning in 1984