Mike studied percussion at the Royal Academy of Music with Nicholas Cole and James Blades. Since leaving in 1986 he has worked extensively as a freelance drummer and percussionist in theatre, TV, and the recording industry.
He has played for many of the London Orchestras including the RPO, RPO Pops, National Symphony Orchestra and the BBC Concert Orchestra as well as working for Sadlerís Wells, the RSC and the National Theatre. He has also worked and recorded with many European Orchestras including the Prague Symphony Orchestra and the German NDR Radio Orchestra and Big Band.
Mike has also worked, recorded and toured with many varied artistes including Van Morrison, Petula Clark, Bette Midler, Tom Jones, Tony Hadley, Sasha Distel, Irene Cara, Bonnie Langford, Christal Gayle, Kiri Te Kanawa, Michael Ball, Lesley Garrett, Rick Astley, John Barrowman, Vanessa Mae, Sinitta, Luke Goss, Toyah Wilcox, Gareth Gates, Posh Spice, Freddie Mercury, Edwin Starr, Deniece Williams, Jimmy Ruffin, David Hasselhoff, Jerry Springer and Pamela Anderson. Jazz credits include Cleo Laine, Johnny Dankworth, Tina May, Claire Martin, Mica Paris, Kenny Ball, George Melly, Cy Coleman and Deana Martin.
TV work includes the Laurence Olivier Awards, Evening Standard Awards, Parkinson, The Sound of Musicals, The Big Breakfast house band, Johnny Vaughan Tonight house band, Lily Savage Live house band, The National Lottery show with Brian Conley, The All Star Talent Show, An Audience with Harry Hill, Tonight Show with Jerry Anderson, Cold Feet, Londonís Burning, The Rania show house band as well as many Childrens TV shows including Playschool, Blue Peter, Corners, Hilltop Hospital, Dramarama and The All Electric Amusement Arcade. Feature films include Bright Young Things directed by Stephen Fry and Number Ten. In addition, his playing has been heard on many TV and Radio adverts including Tennants Lager, Marmite, Land Rover, M&Mís, Cadburyís, Heinz Beans and countless others.
Many West End shows include Blues in the Night (Original Production and cast album), High School Musical (Original Production at Hammersmith Apollo), Fame, Rent, Guys and Dolls (National Tour and West End), 42nd Street (National Tour), Tell me on a Sunday (National Tour), Showboat (National Tour and West End), Five Guys named Moe (Original West End production), Personals (Original West End production), Annie Get your Gun and She Loves Me as well as depping on many more.
Mike has also composed and recorded the graded modern syllabus music for the ISTD Dance examination board over the last few years and has been closely associated with Laine Theatre Arts College for the last 20 years.
He is a well known and respected tutor and has held teaching posts at Trinity College of Music, Epsom College, Reigate Grammar School and Tiffins School as well as being a principal percussion coach with the National Symphony Orchestra, National Concert Band and National Symphony Training Orchestra.
Mike is also a widely experienced facilitator specialising in Samba and Brazilian music and has led many workshops for corporate clients, business schools and educational trusts.