- Drums -
Mike started playing the drums at age eight following in the footsteps of his father who was a drummer in the Chicago music scene throughout the 1970’s and 80’s. Influenced by numerous drummers that included his father, John Bonham, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Mike Arturi and Todd Sucherman who all helped define his playing style.
Playing his first gig at age twelve opening up for current Lovin’ Spoonful drummer Mike Arturi who was with the Jade 50’s back in the early 1980’s started him on his musical journey.
Later in high school Mike met and studied briefly with current Styx drummer Todd Sucherman where they continue to remain friends throughout the years.
Then in the mid 90’s his brother Darren opened up Dag Nabit Records in Park Ridge where he played as a studio musician and eventually recorded his first album “Read Me” with his brother who fronted the Darren Edwards Project.
Mike played with numerous local rock bands over the last two decades that included Makeral Sky, Bottoms Up, Dawn Patrol, Evolution and 18 years with Chicago’s premier Bruce Springsteen tribute band in Thunder Road, which ended in 2015.
Most recently Mike has been playing with Second Time Around and Sonic 7, now he begins a new journey as the drummer for ARRA.