Mike Griffith and
Heidi Gerber-Salins

During the time Mike contributed to adding some of the cymbal percusion on this album, he was also in training as a recording engineer with Bias Recording Studio.

In his capacity as a then new recording engineer with Bias, he was the only person on the Bias staff willing to come in to operate a recording session on a Saturday afternoon during the Labor Day holiday weekend when Kathy Haupt came to Annapolis to sing her song "Welcome Home" for my mother's memorial service. She stopped at Bias studio in the afternoon after driving up from South Carolina, and recorded her solo version of "Welcome Home." That served as a templete for creation of the arrangement on the album, and we even used titbits of Kathy from that recording as duets in the final mix of "Welcome Home" included on the album. My heartfelt thanks to Mike for being willing to do that!!

While Mike was a staff recording engineer at Bias Studios in Springfield, VA he resided in the Metropolitan DC area where he continued playing with local groups.

Before that Mike was a fixture on the Tidewater, Virginia music scene for almost 3 decades. He cut his professional teeth as a teenager with the Fifes and Drums of Colonial Williamsburg. In between he did stints as a drummer for both Busch Gardens and Kings Dominion.

Mike studied music at both the Shenandoah Conservatory for Music (Winchester, VA), and Virginia Commonwealth University (Richmond, VA).

As a percussionist, Mike has performed and recorded every type of music, from Classical percussion to German Octoberfest music to rock and roll and jazz.

He has released 2 albums of his own compositions.

Mike was a finalist in the Songwriters Association of Washington song writing contest.

The Songwriters Association of Washington presents an annual songwriters contest called THE MID-ATLANTIC SONG CONTEST. For details see MASC.

As of 2021 Mike resided in Hampton Roads, VA and was a recording engineer there.

He continues being active as a drummer/percusionist.

He is passing on his knowledge of playing percussion instruments as a teacher.

Heidi Gerber-Salins

(Details about Heidi Gerber-Salins, other than playing many of the cymbal florishes, are discussed on other pages, including: Producer-Phase I; under Arrangers-Phase I; and as Duet Partner.)

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