MEET THE TEAM
Mike is the Owner and Lead Instructor at Mike's Music Lessons LLC. Mike teaches Drums and Percussion, Guitar, Bass, Piano and Saxophone, and has been doing so for the last 10 years professionally, with 15 years of performing experience.
Mike is a seasoned Musician with a wide variety of experience in multiple instruments, starting music at just 10 years old on Clarinet. Currently as a member of the 101st Army Band of the Colorado National Guard, Mike has performed at Montreux Jazz Festival in Geneva Switzerland, as well as other California jazz festivals such as Sacramento Jazz Jubilee, Monterrey Jazz by the Bay and San Diego Trad Jazz Festival.
Graduating from Fort Lewis College in Durango, CO with an emphasis in Music Education and Performance, Mike had many amazing opportunities to grow musically in a conservatory style education setting with endless opportunity to perform in Rock Combos, Jazz Groups, and even San Juan Symphony. Other noteable performances include playing with artists such as Scotty Barnhart of the Count Basie Orchestra, Gordon Goodwin of Gordon Goodwin's Big Phat Band, and Dave Samuels of Caribbean Jazz Project at the Fort Lewis College Jazz Festival.
"It's really never too late to start playing a musical instrument. I can't tell you how many times I've been in conversation with someone, usually older, and they tell me, 'I wish that I would have learned an instrument when I was younger'....Man, It's NEVER too late! Music is universal, and it has no age limit. It awakens the soul. It brings new meaning to your life. Take the step!!! As you're looking at that Guitar or the Drums in the local Music Store, if your gut says to go for it, you better listen. You gut is rarely wrong. That's how I've gotten this far. By listening to the instinctual call that I was born to create and teach music. So quit over analyzing, overthinking, and coasting through this life, and just GO FOR IT!"