Since 2006, Mike has been touring the world as a member of the classic/hard-rock band Y&T playing major international festivals, concert halls and clubs. Since his joining, Mike has recorded their DVD "One Hot Night" and two CDs, "Facemelter" and "Live at the Mystic."
As a side man, Mike has performed and/or recorded with Montrose, Vince Neil (Motley Crue), John Denver, Neal Schon (Journey), Greg Kihn, Steve Lukather (Toto), Kip Winger (Winger), Eric Martin (Mr.Big), Mickey Thomas (Starship), Geoff Tate (Queensryche), Fee Waybill (The Tubes), Jesse Collin Young (Youngbloods), Aalcatrazz (feat. Graham Bonnet), Jennifer Batten (Michael Jackson), Jeff Scott Soto (Soul Sirkus, Talisman, TSO), Ron Keel (Keel), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Tyran Porter (Doobie Bros.), Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani, Steve Vai), Frank Hannon (Tesla), Andreas Öberg (world acclaimed jazz guitarist), Larry Mitchell (Tracy Chapman, Billy Squire, Rick Ocasek), blues/rock artist Jackie Greene and country artist Shelly Streeter.
Prior to Y&T, he recorded and toured with SoulMotor, featuring Brian Wheat (Tesla) and Tommy Mclendon (UFO). He’s also recorded three albums and toured internationally with guitar virtuoso Michael Lee Firkins.
Mike was also a member of Seven Reasons, who performed on the Mark and Brian radio show KLOS Los Angeles, and performed with Bon Jovi, Vince Neil, Winger and Montrose in support of their self-titled CD which Mike produced.
For over thirty years, Mike has been teaching all styles of drumming to students of all ages. He's currently teaching in his home town of San Jose, CA and also online via Skype. For more information about drum lessons online and in person click here.
Mike’s own education includes studying extensively since1992 with drumming great Steve Smith (Journey, Vital Information), and lessons with Alex Acuna, Carl Allen and other local drummers. He won awards playing in his High School’s bands and as a member of the De Anza College Jazz Band.
Mike has been producing and mixing CD’s and demos for local artists and songwriters for the last twenty years. For more information on Mike's production and mixing, click here.