16 Paces is a Power Duo with a “Full Band Sound”. The band plays a wide variety of dance music from 50's, 60's, Classic Rock/Top-40, and Outlaw Country favorites. Typical 16 Paces shows deliver an extreme variety of pop/rock dance tunes, however, the band can lean on their steep Country roots to delivery a full show of Classic/Outlaw Country music upon request. The band consists of Mike Gleason and Scott Sparks. Tight harmonies, lead & bass guitars, coupled with customized electronic drum tracks make 16 Paces ideal for small clubs and afternoon or early evening beer garden and festival time slots. 16 Paces formed in January 2013 and had been a House Band at “Historic” Scotty’s Bar & Pizza in Milwaukee, WI since forming in 2013 through 2017 before branching out to perform at other venues.
Mike sings lead & harmony vocals and plays lead guitar & harmonica. Mike's guitar style covers the heaviest Classic Rock and Rock-A-Billy tunes as well as some of the hottest “chicken pickin” guitar styles played by the best pickers in today’s modern country music. Mike also features a passionate and soulful lead vocal voice that is sure to please all crowds. In addition to being a seasoned musician, Mike is also a past Vice President of the “Wisconsin Country Music Association” (WCMA), emcee, and has been a presenter at the prestigious WAMI awards show.
Scott is a terrific lead vocalist and ultra tight harmonies in addition to playing bass guitar. Scott is a multi-instrumentalist who can play lead guitar and drums as well as the bass. Scott is a well-known & respected veteran of many Country, Rock & Blues bands in the Milwaukee area over the years.