Within a year’s time of his high school graduation, Michael was enrolled at the University of The Arts in Philadelphia, PA, majoring in Music Performance with an emphasis on Jazz Studies. I studied there from January, 1991, until December, 1992.
Michael was first introduced to longtime Steve Vai band member Dave Weiner in early 2004, and have been playing drums along side in various capacities ever since. In addition to numerous performances throughout the United States, he contributed the drum track for the song Other Words For Beautiful found on Dave's 2010 release, On Revolute.
After meeting Dave, they both were introduced to bassist Rob Smith, and have been jamming/rehearsing/gigging as a fusion trio for the last few years. This instrumental project titled "Visible At Night" is currently rehearsing new music in anticipation of their debut studio recording, as they are aiming for it's release sometime later in 2015.
His affiliation with Dave then led to me meeting Favored Nations guitarist Rob Balducci, whom he have played numerous shows with, including a performance at NAMM 2013. He was fortunate to have contributed the drums tracks for Castle In The Air, Step Into Liquid, and Ruled By The Moon, songs that can be found on Rob's latest release, 821 Monroe Drive.