A native of Southwestern Pennsylvania, Mike’s dive into music began on the drum set in high school, and transitioned to the upright bass during his first year at the Jazz Studies Program at Cuyahoga Community College in Cleveland, Ohio. Soon his passion for the bass, along with incredible dedication and perseverance, lead him to being accepted at Berklee College of Music with a partial scholarship award after only a year and a half of his bass studies. Transferring to Berklee in September 2013, he was catapulted into the world of acoustic music including bluegrass and old-time, as well as his continued study of Jazz.
Mike also was active outside the walls of Berklee, gigging with singer-songwriter Laney Jones, bluegrass bands such as High Rock Mountain, and other pick-up groups along the way. A 2015 participant in Savannah Music Festival’s Acoustic Music Seminar (AMS), he worked with renowned acoustic musicians, Julian Lage, Mike Marshall, and Casey Driessen who have since become major influences in Mike’s musical path. Now calling Nashville home, Mike remains an active player in the acoustic music scene and has performed at major festivals including Freshgrass, Grey Fox, Three Sisters, and the Savannah Music Festival.