Michael Oakley started studying guitar at age 10 under the direction of Jeff Martin and has played for 39 years. He began his professional career at age 15 playing school dances, homecomings and proms around the greater Cincinnati area.
At age 17, Michael began working the local club circuit with various bands. He taught guitar at Buddy Rogers Music, and later attended the University of Cincinnati. In 1984, after a brief period of time playing in the New Your City-based band, 1313, and Florida- based band, Romeo, Michael co-founded the band Hollywood and hit the road for 5 years playing the I-75 circuit, Michigan to south Florida. On occasion, the band traveled south west touring Alabama, Mississippi, and Louisiana, and the mid west touring Indian, Wisconsin, Illinois, Missouri, and Iowa. During this time Michael had the opportunity to open shows for various national acts including George Thorogood, Robin Trowler, Pat Travers, Spencer Davis Group, Head East, Wish Bone Ash and Saigon Kick, to name a few.
Michael currently plays pop/blues/jazz in two bands, Unscheduled Flight and Snidely Whiplash, while also playing in the eighties big-hair band, Hollywood, and the progressive rock band, Into The Listening Glass, performing in clubs and for corporate events and regional concerts. Once a month, Michael enjoys leading worship playing contemporary Christian music at Wellspring Community Church and volunteer- teaches a weekly children’s introductory music class at Center of Hope for Women and Children in Middletown.
Michael was chosen as Cincy Magazine’s 2013-2014 Best Music Instructor in their annual Best of the North Awards. In addition to teaching and playing, Michael is also currently on staff at the Underground managing the UG Studios and mentoring bands and offering them the opportunity to create music videos and EPK’s.