Mike has played drums in more bands than he can remember, not to mention all the recording sessions! Recent bands include The Mars Project along with John “Ratso” Gerardi and the late NYC R&B legend Angel Rissoff, The Police Files, a Police tribute band, with Atlantic Records studio guitar mainstay Ira Siegel and Jim Keneally who recently toured with The Rascals, and the hugely popular Westchester County cover band The Bookends. Here is just a sampling of other bands and/or musicians that Mike has performed or recorded with: Christopher Brown; Paul Chapin; Marty Q; Arlen Roth; Nick Moroch; Porter Carroll, Jr.; Bobby Brooks Hamilton (Jackie Wilson’s son); “New York Blues Queen” Roxy Perry “In My Sweet Time”; The Long Shadows Band (out of NYC and North Carolina) “Angels in a Battlezone”; Tracey Marble (his most excellent wife!) “It’s Time”; The Heroes; Otis and The Hurricanes; Margaret McGlinn; Bill Kirchen; Steve Johnson; Dan Hovey; Scott Spray; Johnny “Boots” Giannicchi; Paul Opalach; Bar Scott “Silence is Broken”; Doug Wahlberg; Shimmy Maki; Lincoln Schleifer; Marvin Stamm; Matt Rae “High Strung”; Kathryn Davies; Jesse Terry, Andy Abel; Dave Webster (Chris Webby’s dad!)“Dance on the Moon”; Susan Piper “The Truth Comes Out”; Bill Foley “Trials, Tribulations, and Sordid Details”; Artie Tobia; Of “Two Versions”…

Mike has taught drums privately for over thirty years, and some of his former students include Zac Coe, who played drums on Broadway at age 16 in the show “13” (and is Jason Robert Brown’s favorite drummer!), Tyler Levander, who played the drums for David Cassidy’s son Beau, along with being a busy producer of up and coming new artists, and Jesse Terry (although not known for his drumming these days, but as a successful singer/songwriter who constantly tours the world!).

Mike has toured throughout the United States and Europe for various bands/clients, and has been published in “Modern Drummer” Magazine.

He was obsessed with the drums since age eight, and started studying at eleven with Chuck Murphy of Fairfield, CT. In his twenties, he had the honor of studying with master teacher Gary Chester. In addition to being one of the busiest studio drummers in New York City from the late 1950’s to the late 1970’s, Gary wrote the revolutionary drum instruction text “The New Breed”. Gary changed the way Mike approached playing and teaching the drums in a most profound way. Mike also studied at Indiana University, and with Ed Soph (on faculty at The University of North Texas), and Afro-Cuban drumming great Frankie Malabe.

Mike is known for his rock-solid groove, enthusiasm, love of performing, always doing his musical homework, and seriously high jumps off his drum seat at the end of certain songs!