Claude and Connie’s youngest son, Michael Hopper, first began playing drums for The Hoppers at the age of 13. Michael is now respected as one of the industry’s most talented percussionists. In 1994 Michael released a drumming instructional video entitled “Locked In”. In addition to his exceptional musical ability, Michael is also a talented vocalist and is featured on several songs recorded by The Hoppers. Mike serves on the board of directors for the Singing News magazine and the Great Western SG Fan Festival. He is a licensed airplane pilot. In Jan.2001 Mike and Dean opened (The Farm) recording studio located only a few miles from The Hoppers office it is a full service recording-mastering- and digital editing facility. He appeared on the television show “Touched by an angel” with Randy Travis, John Schneider, Delta Burke and The Gaither vocal band. In 2001 he was awarded Favorite Musician by the Singing News Fans.