Since 2006, Mike has been touring the world as a member of the classic/hard-rock band Y&T playing major international festivals, concerts and clubs. Since his joining, Mike has recorded their DVD "One Hot Night," three albums, "Facemelter," "Live at the Mystic" and "Acoustic Classix Vol.1," as well as appearing in the band's documentary "On With The Show."
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 (Talisman, TSO), Ron Keel (Keel), Jeff Watson (Night Ranger), Tyran Porter (Doobie Bros.), Stu Hamm (Joe Satriani), Frank Hannon (Tesla), Andreas Öberg (jazz guitarist), Larry Mitchell (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 and was a member of Seven Reasons, whose self-titled CD (which Mike produced) earned them support for Bon Jovi.
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 Zoom. 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.