As a self taught, yet accomplished pianist/vocalist from Toledo Ohio, Mike’s musical career began at the early age of 14 when he received his first paid performance with a rock band from Northwest Ohio. From that moment, it was clear that music was his calling. Within 2 years he was performing in several bands 3-5 nights a week between Detroit, MI and Toledo OH. By age 17, he had won several awards and performance competitions. By 18, he was offered a position in a touring rock band based in North Carolina and immediately went on the road. Since then, Mike has had the opportunity to share the stage with countless “big ticket,” acts including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Kid Rock, Marshall Tucker Band, David Allen Coe, Bad Company, Kenny Wayne Sheppard, Cheap Trick, Delbert McClinton, Eric Church, 38 Special, and The Allman Brothers.
Mike has an extreme passion for working with his students, who seem to thoroughly enjoy his upbeat and modern approach to music instruction.
“My favorite part about sharing the gift of music with a student is when you see that light bulb go off in their head for the first time….When something clicks and they have that ‘aha!’ moment.
Seeing the joy on their face when they finally learn to play and sing their favorite Lady Gaga song for the first time, and they understand the theory behind the music…thats what its about for me.”
Mike wholeheartedly believes that music is therapeutic and has the power to influence our feelings and attitudes. Our youth today struggle harder than any other generation in history with self-worth issues, addiction issues, anxiety, loneliness, and depression. The power of music can help teens and adults alike find ways to cope with the difficult situations.
Mike eats, sleeps and breathes music and can be found playing out several nights a week with various artists. With a vocal range that can hit anything from Journey to Bruno Mars to Bob Seger, his playing and singing will leave you in awe. He is highly regarded as one of the “go-to” piano/keyboard players in the area and is quite well known for his high energy, as well as his fun and positive presence, and charisma on stage.