Mike is from a very musical family. A long line of brass musicians and vocalists on his Fathers side, as well as several vocalists, keyboardists, and guitarists on his Mothers side. At the age of six Mike began study on the trombone, which he continues to this day. At age fifteen, he decided to take up the bass. Self taught on bass through high school, he continued musical studies at Chabot College in Hayward, California under Bay Area jazz educators Frank Sumares and Cindy Browne.
Mike has shared the stage with many great performers including Leslie Uggams, Ledisi, Mick Gillette, Gordon Goodwin, Hermans Hermits, Greg Abate, Eddie Palmieri, Matt Catingub, and Ernie Watts.