Mike is a string bassist, originally from Rochester, NY, but currently living in New Orleans, LA. In the spring of 2009, Mike completed an associate’s degree in music at Onondaga Community College (OCC), where he studied both electric and string bass with Syracuse Symphony bassist Darryl Pugh. Mike received the Music Curriculum Honor’s Award for the academic year 2008-2009.
Since graduating, Mike has performed with jazz combos throughout upstate New York. Additionally, he has worked with the Geneva Theatre Guild, playing bass in Little Shop of Horrors (2008) and RENT (2010). In February of 2009 Mike began playing with the Onondaga Civic Symphony Orchestra. In the summer of 2009, he began studying with world-renowned jazz bassist Phil Flanigan. Mike also has experience playing with acoustic/bluegrass groups at numerous festivals and venues throughout Upstate New York.
After moving to New Orleans in November 2010, Mike has had the opportunity to play with international artists Rising Appalachia, as well as Nasimiyu, Andre Mouton Jazz Trio, David Mahoney, Felix Wohlleben, Al Zander, Brad Walker, the Tanglers, and many other musicians in the New Orleans area. Mike has also recently joined the newly formed classical chamber group Harmoniemusik New Orleans
With a background in jazz and classical, Mike also has a passion for Latin, Funk, Rock, and various folk music, and is willing to go wherever his musical heart takes him. See a sample lesson of Mike's here.