my music hx 
jammin’ 4 decades

Mike “Spark” Thornton *

“Just a bright, talented, big kid.”
mission: music appreciation
roots: 60s revolution+ 
education: formal music training as fusion percussionist
educator: higher ed music & humanities prof
influences: everything I’ve heard, seen, felt, or imagined
experience: Notre Dame jazz & marching bands, George Benson label, studio work, several bands, 2.1k+ gigs 
favorite sound: the ocean, but from musicians it’s waves of it
when solo: I get to jam with all & swim in pure joy
about us   
system process           

my party philo

Begun in high school, my “BackBeat”(SM) combo setup of live drummer/percussionist with simultaneous DJ playback of top tunes expanded in multiple ways: stored equipment now includes digital & acoustic drum sets, endless Latin percussion toys, 3 different PA systems up to 6500 watts, truss systems for lights & effects, stage & canopy, banners, & vans & trailers.

Select playback from a 17,000+ song library is programmed & controlled through computers & peripherals. The basic solo setup is quite sufficient for events up to 75 people; moderate solo works for 75-300; full equipment inventory & crew serves up to 1,500. Minimum 3 hrs starts @ $190. See videos!

My musical self represents my fullest self, for this branch of instrumentation (percussive) requires full physical & creative passion, immediate emotional responses, fluid intellectual analyses, and completely focused soulful commitment. I’m well-versed in clear pulse, ample bass, solid chords, impassioned rhythms, engaging melodies, insightful lyrics, & mutual listening.

Besides, it’s incredibly fun for all, especially when the feedback loop cranks up: I’m your own private concert! (SM) Let’s do this.

Call me @ 407.614.8004 / / Mike  ;o)

* “May you run through the world like a spark through the stubble.” @ some public event venues (private parties remain that): Windermere Friday Night Food Truck, Yellow Dog Eats, Winter Garden Mall, Sun On The Beach, I-Drive, Turkey Lake Park

my gigs
plug & play
Central Fl canned heat +

kick it off with tunes & energy that’ll keep everyone moving


big to small, we’ve got the equipment & library to match


from in-house to clientele, brand your socialization

special events

you name it, we can make the audio bring it to life

+ can travel beyond

what to expect
If you like the sound of a live band, but  
fear the quality & scope of their selected 
music, then I’m your guy.
my videos
youtube channel
my song list
an eclectic, expanding sphere
from Swing Era to present
all musical moods
beta: in progress
your ideal
work hard,     party harder (TM)
planning checklist
policies & pragmatism
fun without a hitch
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