Mike is an actively gigging bassist from Oakland, CA. Having started his performance career playing drums and guitar for Bay Area organization, Bandworks, Mike made a permanent switch to bass in his early teenage years. He studied drama at Interlochen Center For the Arts and was in Piedmont High School’s advanced theater program before pursuing music full-time. Mike has resided in Chicago, IL for six years, having graduated from Columbia College in 2011 with a Bachelor of Art in Instrumental Performance. During his academic career, Mike was affiliated with a slew of collegiate jazz ensembles and had the opportunity to study under musicians like Christian McBride, Kevin Eubanks, Joan Osborne, Charlie Sexton, Peter Erskine, Fernando Jones, Chuck Webb, New York Voices, and many more. He has performed at the Chicago Blues Festival twice and opened for BB King in Mississippi. Since graduation, Mike has played the CMJ festival in New York City and performed in cities such as Nashville and San Francisco. Currently, his affiliated musical projects include hip-hop trio Treehouse and indie rock band Lee. He is excited to return to Caz for his third year as a staff member.