Mike Walton began playing alto saxophone at the age of 10. He was inspired by the film soundtracks of John Williams, Jerry Goldsmith and James Horner and joined the band later that year. It wouldn't be until his junior year in high school that Mike would be introduced to jazz by saxophonist Kenyon Carter.
After graduating high school, Mike Walton attended Valdosta State University and earned a bachelor's in music performance. While there, he studied under professors Carey Brague, Joren Cain and David Springfield from which he began learning arranging and basic composition skills. Mike enrolled into Georgia State University in Atlanta for his masters degree. Here, he studied under Mace Hibbard and Kevin Bales. It would be in Atlanta where Mike's career would truly begin. He graduated with his masters in 2014.
Mike Walton is currently playing with some of the biggest names in Atlanta including Joe Gransden and Russell Gunn. He has even had opportunities to play with higher profile musicians such as Donny McCaslin and Jimmy Cobb. Mike is currently working on his first album and writing/arranging music for big band. His saxophone heros are John Coltrane, Chris Potter, Joe Henderson, Cannonball Adderley, Charlie Rouse, Michael Brecker, Mark Turner, Kenny Garrett, Eli Bennett and Sonny Rollins.