A native of Ottawa, Mike has more than 20 years experience in the music industry as a saxophonist and educator.
Mike holds a BA MUS from Carleton University, where he now teaches saxophone. His teachers include Kirk MacDonald, Alex Dean, and George Garzone.
Mike adjudicates for Musicfest Canada ( jazz ensembles), and the Kiwanis Music Festival ( concert bands, jazz ensembles, and woodwinds)
Some of his performance and recording credits include Natalie Cole, Josh Groban, Alanis Morissette,John Pizzarelli, Lou Rawls, Bob Newhart,and Bernadette Peters. Mike frequently performs with the National Arts centre Orchestra as part of the CTV POPS series.
Recently Mike has been touring theatres throughout Canada and the United States as part of Holly Larocque and the Mark Ferguson orchestra.
In 2009 Mike co-released a CD with pianist Mark Ferguson. "HOME" has enjoyed frequent radio airplay including CBC's "Tonic" with Katie Malloch.
In 2007, Mike founded the Ottawa Saxophone Camp. This annual three week camp has grown to 47 saxophonists of all ages and abilities.
Mike is very proud to be the musical director of the 2010 OCDSB Secondary School All-Star Jazz Ensemble.
Mike is the co-founder of the Carleton University Jazz Camp. This annual camp combines emerging high school students with some of Canada’s elite jazz educators.