Mike is a born Texan, but has lived in Florida and the former Panama Canal Zone. During high school, he found an interest in music, and started teaching himself to play 5-string banjo. After graduation, he served in the U.S. Air Force. When he returned to New Braunfels, there were no bluegrass bands in need of a banjo. So he switched to playing pedal steel guitar with local country bands.
After his military service, he spent 15 years working in his father's motorcycle repair shop. In search of a career change, he turned his hobby of working with personal computers into a new job. This led to a period of employment with Dell Computer Corporation. After working at Dell, he secured a position at Austin Community College, in Austin, Texas. He presently supports a computer lab that is used to deliver computer-based tests to nursing students.