Mike got hooked on jazz during his high school years in Dayton, Ohio. After college, he spent the next 26 years in the Army travelling the world, always taking his trumpet wherever he was stationed (Germany, Vietnam, Congo, Panama, and all over the U.S.) For him, music was always a hobby, never a profession. Soon after retiring from the Army he began playing in pit orchestras for a dozen or more Broadway musical productions over as many years. He also played professionally in a number of restaurants in South Alabama and Huntsville for a number of years. Playing in a professional big jazz band is a great thrill for him.