and raised in Chicago, Michael began playing guitar at age 11, teaching
private music lessons at age 12 and playing professionally in night
clubs, at parties and local concerts by the age of 13.
14, Michael became an assistant manager and music instructor on Guitar
and Bass guitar at Palos Music in the south suburbs of Chicago. There
he worked through the music store with most musical touring acts of the
middle to late 1970's. These include, Styx, Heart, Journey, Cheap
Trick, Ted Nugent, Rick Derringer, The Rolling Stones, Peter Frampton,
Hermon's Hermits, Cab Callaway, George Benson, Buddy Rich, Tony
Bennett, Frank Sinatra and many more.
In 1979, Michael was offered the gig as guitarist and vocalist with the
popular vocal group, "The Association" (Cherish, Everyone knows its
Windy) who had many top 40 hits in the 1960's. Attending College at the
time, Michael declined the offer to continue his college music degree.
Moving with his Grandparents to Florida in 1980, he then toured with
the musical comedy act, "The Allen and Shane show" later, as lead
Trumpet, Piano and Bass guitar and vocalist also with The Innisbrook
production "Viva Variety USA" in Canada, in conjunction with "The
Second City Comedy Tour" at Deerhurst Lodge in central Ontario.
Returning home to Florida, Michael continued teaching private music
lessons, playing local night clubs, doing commercial jingle and session
recording, shows, clinics and concerts. Performing and recording with
Della Reese (Touched by an Angel) Louis Bellson (Drummer, Duke
Ellington) John Lamb ( Bassist, Duke Ellington) Mike Scagglioni (Gloria
Estefon) Dave and Ron Rhinehart (Richard Elliott Band)
Michael was the original production manager for the "Rise Up" Christian
Country morning show with John Ritter. He has been on staff as guitar
Instructor for Jeff Berlin's Players School of Music. Producer and
arranger for the award winning Christian music group "Hearts Desire
Michael, the former Music director at Most Holy Name of Jesus Church in
Gulfport for their Family and Adult Choirs, is now Music director at St
Luke the Evangelist Church in Palm Harbor. He continues to
give private instruction on Guitar, Bass Guitar, Piano and Voice from
his home studio in Safety Harbor.
Michael is proud to be a member of the Tampa Bay Fingerstyle Guitar
Guild. He says, "They are a group of the finest guitarists in Florida."