Michael is a versatile drumset performer. With a strong background in Jazz, Michael has experience playing with big bands and small group combos. Michael is the drummer for Space Force, a funk and out of Fort Collins, CO. Michael also plays with Endless Earth, a modern vintage rock trio out of Denver, CO. In addition, Michael has collaborated with Hip-Hop artists, and is a staff drummer/percussionist with churches in the Fort Collins area.
Alongside earning his Bachelors in Music Education, Michael has experience with both teaching privately and in an ensemble situation. Currently a teaching assistant at CSU, Michael teaches in the jazz and percussion departments. Before moving to Fort Collins, Michael previously taught percussion at a number of high school band programs in Michigan. Among those, Michael spend a significant amount of time with the Mt. Pleasant High School Marching Band, serving as the Percussion Caption Head and Assistant Director. He also worked as the Battery Caption Head and director of the Mount Pleasant Indoor Percussion Ensemble, where they received a state championship in 2017. Michael has arranged Battery Books for scholastic and Independent Percussion Ensembles in Michigan.
Michael has studied classical percussion since he was ten years old. He is currently pursuing a Masters in Percussion Performance at Colorado State, where he studies with Dr. Eric Hollenbeck. Michael has performed with university bands and orchestras as well as a number of chamber ensembles. Michael is currently a section percussionist with the Baroque on Beaver Island Festival Orchestra.