Though he writes for many mediums of ensembles, most of his music is set to the big band format and is primarily written for his own amusement. He has released two albums with his own group that show his fervor for this instrumentation: the self-titled Mica Bethea Big Band and Stage n' Studio.
His big band incorporates some of the highest level of performers in the North Florida region, and the occasional special guest. Chris Potter, Rene Marie, Michael Dease, Dennis Marks, Todd DelGiudice, Linda Cole, and Charles Turner are just some of the many elite musicians that he has worked with and have played his music.
2012 undergraduate arranger award by Downbeat Magazine
Recordings: As Leader | As Sideperson
Stage 'n' Studio
Stage 'N Studio
Stage 'n Studio Discs
Stage 'n Stash
Mica Bethea Big Band