Considered a multifaceted musician by his peers, guitarist Mike Bryce performs, composes, and teaches a wide variety of musical styles. He has experience playing jazz, blues, rock, funk, and folk music, and even dabbles in country and bluegrass styles. Mike strongly believes that creativity and open-mindedness are among the most valuable assets a musician can have. Consequently, these qualities are evident in his own playing and writing.
Originally from the South Hills of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Mike moved to Ohio to attend Bowling Green State University in 2011. With the help of academic and music scholarships, he studied under acclaimed jazz guitarist and educator Chris Buzzelli for four years. During that time, Mike founded the Roots Music Club, a student organization at BGSU. He served as the club’s president for its first two years, during which student membership and involvement grew at a steady rate. At the end of the RMC’s first year, Mike recorded and produced a full-length compilation album featuring local musicians and club members. This has since become an annual project for the Roots Music Club. In the spring of 2016, Mike produced the second RMC album at Stone Soup Recording Studios in nearby Maumee, Ohio. The project involved nearly 40 BGSU students.
Mike Bryce regularly performs around Ohio. He has experience playing solo, as well as in duo and trio settings, with musicians such as cellist/bassist Devonte Stovall and vocalist Beau Hamann. Along with drummer JP Stebal, these four musicians formed local band The Barn Cats, and have performed around northwest Ohio intermittently since 2015. While he often plays in casual settings like bars and coffee shops, Mike also has experience performing for private engagements such as weddings and corporate events.
In addition to performing, Mike also teaches private guitar lessons. Supported by 15 years' playing experience, he has been teaching privately in Bowling Green for seven years. Mike also began teaching in Bluffton, Ohio, early in 2017. He has taught numerous styles of music to students of all ages, ranging from 5 to 70.
Mike graduated from BGSU in May of 2016 with two degrees: Bachelor of Music in Jazz Studies, and Bachelor of Arts in Psychology. He still lives, performs, and teaches in Bowling Green, Ohio. Mike's debut album Eclectic Guitar was released in December of 2017.