Traveling the world as a dueling piano player since 2001, Mike has played well over a thousand shows in front of diverse audiences. During the day he is amused by his three kids and pet chickens and does woodworking.
Dueling pianos became a new career for Mike in 2001 after years of stage experience acting and singing. He has performed on cruise ships and driven to Texas, Maine, Montana and Florida and everywhere in between with his mobile show. He currently lives near Lansing, MI with his wife and three kids. Weekdays he'll be in his woodshop building pianos and making sure not to cut off any fingers.
Michael McCaslin grew up in Boyne City, MI. Parents John and Connie encouraged his music career all through church choir, high school band and drama. After studying music at MSU he worked various jobs. Mike's first company Halfstack Entertainment, and later, Halfstack Solutions, was a DJ service focused on wedding receptions and school dances. He started his own solo piano act fashioned from fellow entertainer, Chris Martin, a Willie Nelson look-a-like and solo keyboardist and singer. Michael took his own solo show all over Michigan. In 2001 while working during the day as a cable guy and moonlighting at a nearby hotel lounge, he was able to catch the end of his first dueling piano show as Billy McAllister and Smoking George Winters brought down a full house at Streeters in Traverse City, MI. That was the beginning of a wildly successful career as a dueling piano player.
Performing takes him anywhere. He's performed for the troops at countless bases across the country. He spent time on cruise ships and even played a nudist colony! He has taken his mobile show in a minivan as far away from Michigan as Texas, Florida, Montana and Maine.
Mike has three kids in Laingsburg, Michigan. During the week he sells hand-made mobile pianos out of a custom woodwork and metalwork shop located at his home. Weekends frequently take him out of town and even country to perform as a dueling piano player.
Michael enjoys the freedom of being self employed and the ability to be a stay at home dad. His favorite thing in life is to be silly in front of an audience.