Mike Whan (Eb bass)
Mike is from Belfast and started playing baritone at the age of 12, where he received lessons in Ashfield Boys' High School. After 2 years of baritone, he then made the step to Eb Bass. Mike first came into the brass banding World at the age of 16 and joined Downshire following encouragement from solo cornet player, Roger Doherty.
Mike is currently a music technology undergraduate at Queens University Belfast. As well as brass banding, Mike is active in the local music scene on bass guitar playing in various blues, jazz, rock and wedding bands playing alongside some of the top names in the industry all across Ireland.
Outside of band Mike is a big sports fan, supporting Manchester United and local team Glentoran, which is where he spends a lot of his Saturday afternoons (non banding ones, of course!).