Mike fell in love with the tenor sax in middle school and has been playing it ever since. He toured the Northeast in the 19th Army Band with such luminaries as Grover Washington, Jr and Billy Cobham. At that time he studied in NYC with jazz great Joe Henderson.
Mike considers it great good fortune to have worked with such legendary local groups as Junior and The Classics, The Esquires, and Vic Pitts and The Cheaters.
From there Mike traveled on the road with many groups including Jackie Wilson. While performing with Motown recording artist Chuck Jackson, he played shows with Gladys Knight, David Ruffin and Dianna Ross and The Supremes.
Mike’s travels have taken him to Germany, Paris, India, Miami Beach, and Myrtle Beach where he met and became friends with soon to be stellar bass player Steve Bailey.
Along the way he added flute, clarinet and all the other saxophones to the list of instruments for performing and teaching.
At North Texas State University he studied with James Ogilvie and Denis Diamond.
Presently, Mike plays with the super talented people in The Oldies but Goodies Spectacular Band, The Paul Spencer Band, The Larry Lynne Revue and The Jeff Stoll Group backing such extremely gifted vocalists as Chanel LeMeaux, Anita Stemper, Adekola Adedapo and Janet Planet. He taught for fifteen years at Milwaukee Public Schools as a traveling music teacher and conducted at two Milwaukee Biennial Music Festivals. Mike has been teaching privately at Brass Bell Music Store since 1994, taught at The Waukesha County Conservatory of Music for nine years and has had the great pleasure of teaching in the summer music program for Shorewood Middle School.
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