Mike started playing the cornet aged 7 with Rochdale Music Service, where he was taught by Eric Landon and Ian Porthouse. He went on to study music at Lancaster University, specialising in performance and conducting, where he founded and conducted the Lancaster University Brass Band which is still running today.
Mike then studied for a Master’s degree in composition at Salford University with Professor Peter Graham, graduating with distinction in 2010. He is a former Assistant Principal Cornet of the Brighouse and Rastrick Band where he enjoyed five successful years under the baton of Professor David King, including wins at the Yorkshire Area and National Championships.
He is increasingly in demand as a conductor and has made concert appearance with the Brighouse and Rastrick Brass Band, Grimethorpe Colliery Band and Carlton Main Frickley Colliery Band amongst others and has enjoyed contest success in recent years with the Pemberton Old Wigan DW B Band at the Butlins Mineworkers, Buxton and Preston Contests.
In his day job, Mike is Head of the Brass department at Bury Music Service in Lancashire, teaching students of all ages from schools across the borough and conducting the two Music Centre Brass Bands and the Senior Concert Band. In his spare time, he enjoys arranging and composing, his music having been playing in major concert halls across the UK and as far as Australia and Japan.