Mike Dohanich -
Guitar & Vocals
Mike started playing the guitar at the age of twelve. He received his grandfathers old guitar from an aunt and decided to make the theme song from the TV show �The Munsters� a daily guitar lesson. Mom and dad saw the interest and Mike received REAL guitar lessons soon after.
At age fifteen Mike played his first professional gig with local polka legend Joe Yacobect, as one of his side men. He was instantly hooked. Not only was he playing in front of a crowd, he was also getting paid to do it. After awhile Mike was interested in playing more modern music and, through his high school and early college years, played in a few different bands. In 1988 Mike was introduced to Terry Lewis by his good friend, drummer Tommy Reeves. At this time Mike mostly ran sound and did a few specials a night, but more than anything, gained a good education on how the music business worked.
Mike soon moved to California to attend the famed Guitar Institute of Technology at Musicians Institute in Hollywood, CA. Mike was immersed in the music scene and soaked up as much as he could. By the end of his schooling, Mike was featured on numerous TV programs around the world and was to graduate with Vocational Honors and nominated for Guitarist of the year. After graduation he then worked in all of the major studios in the LA basin. Trying to work his way up the musical ladder in LA became to much and, after a stint in Florida and Memphis, Mike returned to South Western Pennsylvania to finish college. While in school, Mike played in the blues band The Grinders. This band had a great following in the tri-state area, playing from Erie to Wheeling to State College to Baltimore. They also had a successful CD release titled �Electric Blues�. After school Mike took a job with the PA Dept. of Corrections teaching music. Mikes program was featured on the VH1 show �Music Behind Bars�. His was one of only eight music programs in the United States to be featured.
Twenty years after they first met, Mike is married to his wonderful wife Marylisa, has the best son a man could wish for in Noah, and has joined back up with Terry Lewis and Subway, and he couldn�t be more happy. Mike loves to play the great soul/R&B songs, along with the blues numbers, that Subway does so well. Mike�s looking forward to making music with the folks of Subway for a long time and hopes you all come out to have a good time with us.