A native of L.A.’s East Side, Mike has been playing drums since 1989. It started with punk and metal bands, local talent shows and backyard parties raided by police. Next came marching band, pit orchestra, jazz combo and big band experience through his performing arts magnet high school, where Mike was voted “Best Instrumentalist” by the student body. While completing his Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies at CSULA, Mike began gigging regularly with jazz, fusion, reggae/ska, and latin bands around town. Over the years, Mike has enjoyed opportunities to tour Europe, Japan, and most of North America with various artists of diverse musical influences- and he’s even survived working with the Zehnder twins for over a decade.