Mike graduated with a Bachelor of Music Education in Instrumental/General from the Univeristy of Wisconsin- Eau Claire. He also studied with Bob Anderson of the Minnesota Orchestra for 6 years. While in college he was awarded numerous scholarships and awards and performed with several orchestras and jazz ensembles. He has also performed with the Chippewa Valley Symphony and Oconomowoc Chamber Orchestras. Mike is currently an Orchestra Teacher for the Waunakee Community School District and activily performs with Safety Last, a local wester swing group.