Mike was born and raised in Chicago, IL. He began playing and studying music at age eight and never looked back. After receiving an Associates degree in music, Mike turned down two scholarship offers in favor of pursuing his career as a working drummer. When a job opportunity relocated him to Hollywood CA he began (thankfully he says) a seemingly endless series of recording sessions as a studio drummer and live performances in many different styles that gave him a background in the music business that keeps his schedule full to this day.
Please visit my music school in Red Wing MN, the Universal Music Center. www.umcredwing.com
After returning to Chicago, Mike spent the next ten years playing with top local and national touring acts culminating in his being hired by the legendary Dick Clark of American Bandstand fame to play drums for his Rock and Roll Revival shows featuring such greats as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, The Coasters, The Marvelettes, Freddie Cannon, Del Shannon and Ronnie Spector. This led to Mike becoming a band leader with as many as six bands working up to 300 dates a year!
Mike is totally committed to the Lovin' Spoonful's plan for recording a new album and is looking forward to touring in support of that goal.