By 16 Michael realized that music was to be more than just a hobby, and began studying with Berklee College of Music graduate Grant Menefee. Forming several bands through out high school, he spent many weekends performing in the Baltimore area, taking influence and inspiration from drummers like Stephen Perkins, Jimmy Chamberlain, Chad Smith, and John Bohnam. In an effort to further his passion for music, Michael spent a year playing in the jazz ensemble at the local community college as well as undertaking music theory courses.
He then headed for Boston to study at the Berklee College of Music. Learning from teachers Giovanni Hildalgo, Robert Tamagni, Joe Hunt, and Skip Hadden, Michael was able to expand musically in blues, latin, jazz, and funk. He also found many other students to play with almost everyday of the week, doing everything from hard core to pop, and just some wild experimentation.
After three full semesters at Berklee, Michael moved around the country some and has played venues in cities such as Baltimore, DC, Dallas, Houston, Austin, Los Angeles, Boston, Richmond, and many others. While performing with various groups he has been able to play shows which also featured the likes of Jill Sobule, Paula Cole, Francis Dunnery, Violent Femmes, Vince Neil, and more. Several albums and live recordings were completed over the years which showcase Michael’s abilities to think outside of the box and still blend in with the various styles of music being written.
Since the summer of 2006 Michael has been living in New York City where he is currently playing with Wheeler’s Cloud, Pictures of Home, and Some Awful Bridge. He has spent the years playing the various clubs in the city (CBGS’s, Knitting Factory, Arlene’s Grocery, etc) and continuing to record in the numerous studios the city has to offer when possible.
Experience & Education
in Performance at Berklee College of Music1994 to 1995 (1 years)