has been a professionally working musician for the past 30 years. His career as a performer, composer, arranger, and educator has taken him all over North America , Europe , and Scandinavia, and into almost every imaginable musical setting.
He studied clarinet at the NaviBase Music School in Little Creek, Virginia, jazz saxophone with Joe Henderson in San Francisco, and flute at the SF Conservatory with Mong Pil Kim. Mike was awarded a NARAS Scholarship in 1978 to study composition and arranging at the prestigious Dick Grove School in Los Angeles, and he continued woodwind studies there with Phil Sobel for seven years.
In addition to his work with the Jazz Studies program at Sac State, Mike is a founding member of the Sacramento region's premier jazz group, the Capital Jazz Project. He is in his eighth year as director of the UC Davis Jazz Band, is on the adjunct jazz faculty at ARC, performs summer and winter shows for California Musical Theatre, records numerous CD projects, television and radio commercials, and travels back to Europe to work every year. Mike also performs many elementary school programs in the greater Sacramento area and maintains a large private student roster.
As an educator, Mike spent three years on staff at the Dick Grove School in LA, initiated the Newpark Jazz Program in Dublin, Ireland, and has participated as a guest artist/clinician at many schools and camps throughout Northern Europe, Scandinavia, and the Western US. He recently served as an artist/clinician at the Brubeck Institute Jazz Camp, and a guest artist for CSU, Stanislaus.
Aside from his work as a leader, Mike has performed in concert, toured, or recorded with such artists as Ray Charles, Dave Liebman, Randy Brecker, Bobby Shew, Sonny Fortune, Richie Beirach, Pat LaBarbara, Manhattan Transfer, Dianne Schuur, Doc Severinsen, Emily Remler, Natalie Cole, Pepper Adams, Moacir Santos, Kenny Wheeler, and Norma Winstone.
Commercially he has worked as an arranger, conductor or performer with Radio Orchestras in Ireland, Denmark and Belgium, and in Los Angeles for Arab American Television, Motown and Screen Gems Publishing, Hanna Barbera, and artists Olivia Newton-John, Tony Orlando, The Moody Blues, The Temptations, and television's Taxi.