In addition to teaching, Mike has gained extensive stage and studio experience performing with a variety of Chicago-based bands such as Intuition and SBS. In 1992, he was the winner of the Chicagos Finest Guitarist competition. He was also featured in the Spotlight column in the April 1994 issue of Guitar World Magazine. In 1998, Mike with his band SBS won the Kool/H.O.R.D.E. competition hosted by the House of Blues. SBS played gigs on the HORDEFEST . Since leaving SBS, Mike has kept busy teaching, doing session work, gigging with a variety of projects, and composing his music.