Mike is a native of Kansas City who attended the University of Missouri at Kansas City Conservatory music, graduating with a degree in music education and trumpet performance.
Mike has performed in all 50 states, with Ringling Brothers Circus band with the Stan Kenton Orchestra and then live in Vegas for two years where he performed with the likes of Wayne Newton, Liza Minelli, Stan Kenton, Tony Bennett and Frank Sinatra.
Mike plays both trumpet and trombone fluently. Mike picked up the valve trombone in 2005. Mike's is also currently an educator and mentor to children with special needs for the Independence School District.
Mike also loves spending time with his wife of 43 years, Carrie and their two daughters and their five grandchildren. He also stays busy in his repair shop where he fixes band instruments for many professional musicians as well as many schools horns for the area school districts - he has been an orchestra and band instrument repair technician for 30 years.