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Seven Hills Hall of Fame July Resident of the Month
Congratulations Mike Binder Seven Hills Hall of Fame Resident of the Month - July!
Mike Binder was born and raised in Parma, Ohio. He moved to Seven Hills in 2000, and has lived there ever since.
Mike coached youth softball for 16 years, initially his eldest daughter’s team at Our Lady of Good Council Parish. He coached with the father of his eldest daughter’s best friend and they have stayed friends to this day. They also coached together for several years a varsity team from Old Brooklyn in the Emerald Necklace Girls Fast Pitch League.
After Mike moved to Seven Hills, his daughters played fast and slow pitch softball in the Seven Hills Baseball Federation leagues. Mike coached throughout, and even spent four years as President of the Federation.
Working with computers for a living allowed Mike to create websites for both the Seven Hills Baseball Federation and Emerald Necklace leagues. The websites are both still in operation 19 years later.
In addition to his community work with youth sports, Mike has been a life long musician. His mother taught him to play the piano when he was eight, and his love of music was born. He learned to play the violin at the age of nine through the Parma School System and learned how to play the guitar at the age of 11.
Mike’s first band was formed in high school. It was called, “Sinner’s Fate.” The band stayed together even after high school and morphed into a band named, “Archer.” The band eventually disbanded in 1984, so Mike began performing solo acoustic guitar shows. He earned a living through college as a solo entertainer playing venues from the wineries of Geneva on the Lake, to establishments in the Flats of downtown Cleveland, to gathering places on the Lake Erie Islands.
Today, Mike is one of the busiest professional musicians in the Cleveland area. He sings and plays guitar in several groups. One is, “The KingBees,” a Blues/Jazz group that originated in 1993. His most recent group is a popular Pop/Rock group called, “The Jam Machine.” He also often performs acoustic duo shows with lead vocalist Priscilla from, “The Jam Machine.”
Mike is looking forward to performing with, “The Jam Machine,” at this year’s Seven Hills Home Days festival. The group will hit the main stage at 8 pm, on the night of Saturday, July 27.