As far back as 1994 Mike,
at the age of 6, began
playing on a full drum kit. In 1998 he began
private lessons at home from local music teachers
Finally in 1999 Mike met up
with Bobby Rondinelli (formally of Black
Sabbath and currently of Blue Oyster
Cult) who himself holds legendary status as
a double bass drum player He began working with
Mike on basic & advanced double bass rudiments.
Shortly thereafter Mike was
introduced to john Micelli of Meatloaf
who started working on Mikes hand skills in
addition to Bobby concentrating on his feet
skills. Mike remains an active student to this
Mike has performed
on numerous occasions with Bobby Rondinelli's
band "Pyramid", which features George
Cintron on lead guitar and vocals (formally
of Enrique Inglesias Band) and Danny Miranda
on bass guitar (currently with Blue Oyster Cult).
In addition, Mike was the
drummer for the Godsmack
tribute band "Awake". During
his year tour with Awake, performed in venues
such as the Chance theater in Poughkeepsie,
A's Rocking sport club in NJ, the "Spot"
in Massachusetts and many other local clubs.