Mike's first teacher, when he was 11, was 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, as well as with Ed Soph (faculty at North Texas State University School of Music), and with Afro-Cuban drumming great, Frankie Malabe.
Mike has played in more bands than he can remember and has done countless recording sessions.
He has toured throughout the United States and Europe for various bands/clients.
Mike has been published in Modern Drummer magazine and is known as “Mike The Rock” for good reason! His time and groove are rock-solid! His smile is non-stop. And his enthusiasm and obvious love of performing are contagious to fellow bandmates and fans alikewho anxiously await the “big finish tunes” when Mike gets seriously airborne from his drum seat!