Mike began his career in the US Navy where he played in the Navy Band program touring the world. His versatility and passion for all styles led him to play with artists like Grammy Award winners Celia Cruz, Leann Rimes, Lee Ann Womack, Juice Newton and Steve Vauss. He has performed with John Michael Montgomery, Jamie O’Neal, Phil Vassar, James Otto, Josh Gracin, Bucky Covington, Little River Band, Son Mayor, Jose Rizo’s “Jazz on the latin side All Stars”, Yari More Orquesta, The Gilbert Castellanos Latin Jazz Quintet, Brad Steinwehe’s SD Jazz Orchestra, The Soul Persuaders and many others. Mike has also served as Musical Director for groups such as Big Time Operator, Mr. Jack Costanzo (AKA Mr. Bongo) and the US Navy Salsa Band “Sabor”. Mike currently teaches percussion at San Diego State University, Rancho Bernardo HS, Mira Mesa HS, and Francis Parker School. He has hundreds of studio sessions to his name and was most notably featured in the blockbuster movie “Pearl Harbor”. Mike is a proud endorser of Evans Drum Heads and Vic Firth Sticks.