Being a music lover for as long as he can remember, Mike found his love for drums and percussion at the age of 9. He was influenced by the likes of Def Leppard, Motley Crue, and many more. Growing up in Northern Kentucky, Mike quenched his musical thirst in the Newport High School band. With much practice and dedication, he earned his spot as Drum Captain during his Junior and Senior years. It was during this chapter of his life where he also met his high school sweetheart; not to mention she was also a drummer, and are still happily married with a son that plays drums looking to carry the legacy forward as well. In 2010 Mike became the drummer of a local-live karaoke cover band named “Rock Hero”. This band was a multi-genre band which provided Mike the discipline and helped him explore different types of music. Ryan Thomas was departing from GenX’s lineup and relocating out of state. Mike’s continued thirst for musical detail brought him to the GenX family. Since July 2017 forward, Mike has been rocking the superb beat and awesome grooves at every show !!