Guitarist Mike Fageros first started playing guitar at age 13 and studied under the tutilage of Alan Massey who was a local guitar teacher where he was born and raised in Georgetown in Washington, D.C.. After learning the basics, he was then teaching guitar at Alan Massey studios a year later. At age 15 he was able to meet and later study with Roy Buchannan as Roy played at a local venue in Georgetown called the Silver Dollar.
Moving to Baltimore at age 16, he took up residence at one of the most reknown jazz clubs in the area, Bluesette, which was owned and managed by the legendary Art Peyton. Once there, he formed a group known as Rise which performed side by side at Bluesette with a group known as Urch Perch which has achieved legendary status as a cult group in the Baltimore area. The stay at Bluesette was his introduction to jazz as the club functioned as an after hour jazz club from midnight to 4 AM.
Moving to Texas at age 17, he later enrolled into McLennan Community College and performed on guitar in the stage band under the instruction of Bill Haskell and obtained a scholorship for his performance while continuing to study music theory and composition. He later went on to study at Baylor University continuing his music studies and once performed in the stage band backing legendary vibrophonist Gary Burton.
Moving to San Francisco at age 23 produced positive results and he was able to record March of the Trolls and Morning, a 45 RPM which later recieved airplay in the central Texas area. Moving back to Texas in 1976 found him performing with a group known as The Jazzmanian Devils which featured soprano saxophonist Thomas Ramirez along with Bill Maddox on drums and Spencer Starnes on bass. One of the most memorable concerts that they did was at the Armadillo World Headquarters in Austin TX.