Michael has been a judge since 2016
Bitter Jester Music Festival Judge
Michael is an accomplished classical and jazz guitarist who received his degree in Music Education from Lake Forest College.
Michael is a five-time participant in the Bitter Jester Music Festival with The Ska-Lers, a fun and energetic ska band that has performed numerous times on WGN Radio, at House of Blues, and more.
The Ska-lers made the Bitter Jester Semi-Finals on the 4th of July every single year they competed but never won. Their repeated "near misses" resulted in the creation of an Honorable Mention (3rd Place) award, which was later named "The Ska-lers Honorable Mention Award."