Mike McGill was born in Bartow, Florida USA. McGill played in a band called Alloyd Witch but also did the lights at Iced Earth shows at the end of the eighties.
When Greg Seymourleft Iced Earth (some say due to personal problems, other because band leader Jon Schaffer wanted a drummer who could play the doublebass), Mike McGill simply took the vacant place. Because of his Job as lightning guy, he already knew all the Iced Earth songs.
McGill played on their debut, and accompanied the band on their first tour in Europe with Blind Guardian
After that tour was finished, he had to sort out some personal stuff and unfortunately didn't return to the band. Around 1991 McGill was replaced by Richey Secchiari, who stayed only for a short time with Iced Earth.