Mike Starcher is originally from Lakewood, Ohio and began playing the drums at age nine. He has played with local Cleveland bands “Fixture”, “Past Due”, “Beebles Blues Band”, “Threshold”, “The Remainders”, “The Swingtown Rebels” and “Tore Down House”. Mike is now in the drum chair with the blues/rock band “Shady Drive” who are currently recording their first album. He also plays live gigs with a side project, “Prime Numbers” and frequently fills in with “The Burnt River Band” and “The King Bees”.
Over the course of Mike’s career, he has appeared on WERE radio’s Jay Turner Show and with Cleveland radio personality Uncle Vic. He’s shared the stage with artists such as Billy Sullivan (The Raspberries, Gary Lewis and the Playboys, Herman’s Hermits), The Buckinghams, Cherry Poppin’ Daddies and Buckwheat Zydeco.
Mike appears at numerous charity events, such as the 1998 Cleveland Metro Hospital – Children’s Burn Unit benefit concert, Animal Jam 2004, 2005 and 2006 (a concert series to benefit local animal shelters), the 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2009 JDRF/Ford Motor Co. Car Show benefit for juvenile diabetes research, MS Walks at The Columbus Zoo and Mahoning Valley, 2007 and 2008 MS Pedal To The Point and 2008 and 2009 Twilight at the Zoo to benefit the Cleveland Zoological Society.
Mike and his wife Erika reside southwest of Cleveland in Columbia Station, Ohio.
“I was browsing at a local music store and happened upon a used 14”x8” Phonic Plus snare drum. I noodled around on it a bit, and decided to buy it. The more I played it, the more I really loved the sound. However, the remarkable thing was that my wife noticed! That’s what really sold me on Sonor…the fact that listeners noticed the difference.”