now for the long version...
now you obviously know the name and that Michael plays guitar.
background through college is electronics minor and music major
with studies applied towards a Bachelor of Science in Music in Secondary
Education. The electronics degree studies helped land repair jobs
at local music stores. The music studies helped land a teaching
is currently working with the band, 'M82' and writing a new book
tentatively titled 'Secrets Backstage, Getting The Most From Your
was a working live band focusing on progressive forms of rock...
STP, Yes, Peter Gabriel, Styx, Jethro Tull, Toto....
Stick' has completed and released their first album. Rehearsals
for the second album are under way. 'Walking Stick' has given Michael
the opportunity to work with some talented individuals like Ken
Paulakovich, who has produced and worked with bands such as 'Offspring'
and 'Gloria Estefan'. Michael was called in as a 'hired-hand' replacement
for their departing guitarist. ( I want to take some time to
thank each one of them for having asked me to be part of the journey.
It has been great fun. MF)
is a project envisioned by Anthony Glise. It is a combination of
classical, electric, and acoustic guitars in a 'new age' improvisational
setting. Several guest artists have been participating in the project
also. Recording is now finished and the CD is released.
Those sessions produced a CD, a video, and published works.
A link to the Nova project is listed above.
Nova continues on with recording and live dates throughout the US and Europe.
the years and while in college, Michael had the opportunity to study
with many wonderfully talented musicians including Dr. F. Matt Gilmour,
Guitarist Phil Beard, Violinist Roberta Reimer, Guitarist Steve
Morse, Flamenco Guitarist Carlos Montoya, and Classical Guitarist
Anthony Glise, who also happens to be one of Michael's very best
friends. The studies continue...... (As Anthony says, "'Practice
makes perfect' is an ancient lie invented by a non-musician.")
Michael joined his first real working band, while still in high school,
in 1974, 'Dry Ice'. The band worked for 4 years as one of the most
popular St. Joseph / Kansas City local area bands. Although 'Dry Ice'
never cut an album, they did have many original tunes and several
live tapes have survived the years.
was then involved in the formation of a 'power trio' by the name
of 'Crown'. The band worked hard through the Midwest for small amounts
of money, taking every job that came along just so they could play.
'Crown' lasted shortly over a year but as Michael puts it, "
I learned so much about what it means to actually be a 'guitarist'
in a band." 'Crown' was his first traveling band. The band
would drive an insane number of miles, put in hours and hours of
work setting up and tearing down, and still not be able to pay the
heat bill. A few originals were written but very little of 'Crown'
survives today except for the lessons learned.
after working on his music degree in college, he worked in Topeka,
Lawrence, Kansas City, and Omaha as a studio musician. Those studio
sessions resulted in a call from a band called 'Plain Label'.
Label' recorded and released their first album to great reviews
and lots of airplay; however, it was short lived. The band lasted
less than a year and the second album was never released.
around 1979, Michael received a call from the band 'Ariel' offering
the position of guitarist / violinist. 'Ariel' did plenty of cover
tunes and after a few months, had worked around to original material.
'Plain Label' was the first band that Michael started exploring
the different types of guitars and 'Ariel' allowed him to expand
on that by experimenting with different guitars and different instruments
in a live situation. (Nowadays, I can't even go to a job without
at least two electrics, a steel, and an acoustic.MF)
made several television appearances and opened for some major acts,
such as Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Strange Daze, 38 Special
and Van Zandt, all through the Midwest. They never managed to get
that album released, but did put together a demo tape, several videos,
a couple albums worth of original material, lots of studio time,
and many live tapes survive to this day.
the end of 'Ariel's' time, they were booked on a Canadian tour for
six weeks and then on to open the East Coast / Midwest shows for 'Shooting
Star', beginning in the Bahamas.
'Ariel's' demise, Michael put his guitar away and concentrated on
violin. That lasted for a year. The bug was too big to ignore, and
he found himself involved with a band called
'X-Static'. They played together for 5 years and became a large
draw in the area, opening for several large acts including 'Head
'X-Static' morphed into 'City' and fell apart 8 months later.
1995, he received a call from L.A. from a band called 'Blackout'.
Their guitarist had quit the band suddenly and they were booked
that week in several clubs on 'The Strip', including The Troubadour.
A tape was sent Fed-Ex the next day and he was on plane that afternoon.
Because of other business that morning, there was no opportunity
to listen to anything until he was actually on the plane. Picked
up at LAX, he was immediately rushed to rehearsal to run through
guitar parts with the band's bassist. Several hours later the pair
drove off in search of Jed Clampett's mansion. The next day was
back to the rehearsal hall for a few hours. Before he knew it, they
were about to go on stage. The whole experience was a whirlwind.
It was fun and exciting. He met some talented players and was offered
several jobs. (None of them panned out but were fun nevertheless.
that experience (and back home), Michael passed through several
bands including an early 'Under the Influence' and 'Swift Kick.'
1997 he became part of 'Biff Peck and the Slam' which later turned
into 'Digger Dan'.
after, the call from 'Walking Stick' came followed by the call from
Anthony to work on the Nova Project.
late 2003, after some personnel and direction changes, Digger Dan
was renamed to M82.
M82 folded a few years later and Michael moved
on to a short stint with King Kenna and then
Standing on Nines.
Comments, suggestions or questions,
you may email Michael directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
case you are interested...
above is a 1963 Les Paul Standard SG. According to Gibson, it was
actually built in October, 1962. The guy I bought it from purchased
it new in February, 1963. I picked it up in Kansas City in 1978
for the amazing sum of $250.00... with the case. That guitar has
appraised at well over $7000.00 today. Not a bad deal. Although
it shows lots of playing wear, it is completely original with PAFs
except for the original sideways tailpiece which cracked during
a show years ago. MF)
has also been seen using... ~1876 Violin, 1921 Mandolin, 1927 Banjolin,
flute, 1949 Gibson BR-9 lap
steel, 1954 Fender lap steel,
Pedal Steel, 1963 Gibson Les
Paul SG Standard, 1965 Gibson
SG Jr., 1968
Höfner V-2, 1972 Gibson
Les Paul Standard, 1972 Gibson
ES-335, 1976 Gibson Firebird,
1983 Alembic Series I Exploiter
Bass, 1989 Fender Eric Clapton
Strat., 1991 Fender Am. Std.
Strat., 1994 Fender Am. Std.
Telecaster, 1994 Gibson ES-175D,
1995 Fender Fat Strat, 1998
Fly Classic, 1982
Ovation 12-string, 1996
Taylor 514-C, 1968
Höfner Classical guitar, 1998
Girard #11 Classical guitar, 1970
Orange Graphic 120 head,
1970 Orange 4x12 cabinet,
Marshall Super Lead Heads, 1974
Marshall 1960 A and B cabinets, 1993
Marshall JCM 900 head,
1982 Marshall JCM 800,
1985 Mesa Boogie Mark
II head, 2000
Gibson GA-5 Les Paul Jr. amp.