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Mike Hounshell



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Musical History - Mike Hounshell

Mike started playing bass guitar professionally at age 15 in 1975. After five days of playing bass and practicing with a cover band, the guys in his first band invited two guys from one of the other bands in the area to evaluate his playing. So that night the guitar player and drummer from the other band showed up at his parent’s house. The drummer happened to be none other than a young undiscovered Steve Whiteman, who became the lead singer of the legendary band “Kix”. They said Hounshell played too many wrong notes. He went on to play that gig and many many more.

During his senior year in high school He was selected for the Maryland 1978 All-State Chorus. He graduated from high school with the “Outstanding Music Student Award” and an accompanying music scholarship($25).

While attending Frostburg State University He majored in music. There He played bass in the jazz ensemble, trombone in the marching band, and performed in many vocal ensembles. He engineered and was an artist on both student talent association albums, “Beleive It”, and “Plateu”.

In 1981 He released a solo album, “Sometime, Somewhere”. The single he put out was featured in the regular rotation on some FM radio stations. The album received generous airplay. Since the digital age, it has been made available for download in a bit torrent on many web sites by fans of the record. The vinyl album is now a rare collectible.

In 1984 Hounshell’s band “Ten Below” made it to the final’s of “DC101’s Battle of the Bands”. Out of hundreds of entries they were selected to compete in one of four of the semi final competitions at the Bayou (long gone now) in DC.

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