began teaching guitar at the age of 12, in a suburb of Chicago, Orland Park in 1972. Those neighborhood, half a dozen weekly lessons, became a fulltime job just two years later. Michael was asked to take over 35 students from Terry Fields at Palos Music in Palos Park. By summer 1974, those 35 students grew to 98 students weekly. Besides guitar and Bass lessons, Michael was also mentored in Sound Engineering and encouraged to study all of the instruments, amps, effects and equipment the music store had.
When Michael was not teaching, he was managing the store. Ordering gear, setting up displays and demonstrating that gear. Many customers were professional touring musicians and bands like Heart, Cheap Trick, Ted Nugent, Styx, Journey, Cab Callaway, Muddy Waters, George Benson, Herman's Hermits, Peter Frampton, B.B. King, Albert King, John Lee Hooker, Albert Lee, D.J. Fontana, the Jordinairs, Buddy Rich, Herb Ellis, Phil Upchurch, Phillis Diller, Tony Bennett, Frank Sinatra, the Rolling Stones and many more.
At age 15 Michael was offered the job as guitar tech for Ronnie Montrose, when Sammy Hagar was lead singer.
In 1979, Michael auditioned and was offered the position of lead guitar and vocalist with "The Association". He decided to decline the offer, so not to drop out of college and leave Palos Music for this world tour with The Association.
In 1980 Michael moved to Tarpon Springs, Florida and was soon touring with The Allen and Shane Show, a musical comedy based in N.Y.C. Guitar, voice, piano and trumpet were Michael's required instruments for that tour.
After a year of touring, Michael Joined Frankie Vogel and Viva USA for Summer production at Deerhurst Lodge in Canada. Returning to Florida Michael resumed fulltime teaching at Clearwater Guitar Gallery.
Three of the world's top guitar builders worked in the same Guitar Gallery building. Augustino Loprinzi, Bob Benedetto and John Buscarino all built and repaired instruments in the back room of the Guitar Gallery in the early 1980's. During that time John Buscarino made several custom guitars for Michael, which he still uses regularly. Working with Ken Spooner, Brad Carlton, Steve Petry, were also teachers at Guitar Gallery. Michael continued performing solo and with local bands, Etcetera and Night Shift who performed as the house band of the Sheraton Sand Key on Clearwater Beach from 1985-1990.
Michael became rooted in the music community of the Tampa Bay Area. He has continued to teach and perform in many aspects of music in the area.
Michael produced an co-wrote for Shaun Hopper's "Lower Case Letters" CD. A production for Nicole DesRoisiers, obtained for her an artist management contract with Sony Records.
Michael is currently music director at Sacred Heart Catholic Church, Pinellas Park. Music director of The Lifeteen Band at Espiritu Santo, Safety Harbor and music director for the Deacon Blues Band. www.thedeaconblues.com and performing in an Island Music duo with Michael Nichols.
Michael has performed with performed with Della Reese, John Lamb, Buster Cooper, Mary McPartland, Al Downing, Mike Scaglioni, Louis Bellson and Shaun Hopper.
Michael is the former President of the Tampa Bay Fingerstyle Guitar Guild. www.tbfgg.com
Some of Michael's students have gone on to music professionally. Including Joe Porter ( Jazz Bassist Maynard Ferguson, Players School of Music educator) Andy McQuin ( Staff bassist Busch Gardens)David Mara, (All County Bass and Guitar), The three Charo's Brothers, Alexander, Philip and Jason. (Ruth Eckerd Jazz band, Gibb for the performing arts.) The Galbraith Band , Josh and Ashley.
Michael son, also named Michael, at age 16 is the Band director for Espiritu Santo School in Safety Harbor for 2018 and his 11year old Rachael, auditioned for America's got talent this Dec.2018
Michael lives in Clearwater with his wife Monika and four children Christina, Michael, John Patrick and Rachael. His studio is in Safety Harbor.
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