- Teaches students:
- and Ages 7 to 66
- Teaching since:
Michael is available for in-home lessons and will soon begin having in-studio and online lessons! Michael has been playing and studying drums (drum set, concert & marching percussion) for 29 years, hand percussion for 11 years and has been teaching since 1995. He recently came off of a tour with Wahh World Fusion Band which fuses Indian classical music with western jazz, rock, funk, RnB and drum & bass and he is also a musician/performer with the Walt Disney World company. He has been graced to play with artists spanning many genres of music and has also provided improvisational pieces for visual artists exhibits and poets and has performed in many venues in the US, Japan and Colombia including at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama. Michael teaches all experience levels from beginner, intermediate to advanced as well as helping other pro drummers or percussionists looking to learn more about the other side.
He has been trained in many different teaching methods and has since developed his own teaching method to enhance the students fundamental playing techniques, ear training, dexterity, basic music theory reading and transcription skills. His goals as a teacher is to help you achieve your goals as an artist musician and to take the principles learned through the study of the discipline of music into your life to help shape you into being a better person.
Genres that Michael is experienced in range from Pop, Jazz, Rock, Funk, Electro, Soul, R & B, and New Orleans 2nd Line on drum set, West African Folkloric/dance such as Soli, Kuku, Dunungbe, Mendiani, Kakilambe, Marakadon on djembe, as well as Afro-Pop such as Nigerian Afro-Beat, Mangambe, Doudoumba, Mbalax and Bikutsi on drum set and hand percussion; Brazilian Samba & MPB such as Bossa Nova, Baiaó, Afoxé, Partido Alto, Coco, Xaxado, and Maracatú on Brazilian percussion & on drum set, Egyptian Classical and Folkloric bellydance rhythms such as Maqsoum, Saidi, Masmoudi, Baladi, Sombati, Fallahi, Chiftiteli, Ayoub, Samai and Malfuf; North African Gnawa, Rai & Chaabi on North African percussion & drum set; Bomba, Plena, General Cuban /New YoRican"Salsa" such as Son, Som Montuno, Mambo, Cha-Cha-Cha, Rumba Guaguancó, Songo, Timba and Mozambique, but also Cuban 6/8 such as Guiro & Bembé, Rumba Yambú, Rumba Columbia, Abakuá Lokua Fun and Dominican Merengue on latin percussion and on drum set where appropriate.
Michael is an expert transcriber for drum set, marching percussion and hand percussion, creates his own exercises and creates breakdowns of rhythms and rudiments to better enhance the student's learning. He can also create practice audio tracks for the student to use in their individual practice time.
Michael spent 1 year at HCC studying music but realized that he was getting much better instruction through (6 years of instruction) from great teachers such as Mark Thurston, Paula Williams, Benja Russel, Tim Church, Eddie Capps, Diaz Clark, Joe Southard, Eugene Fambrough, Tom Mazzeo, Paul Gansmer, Jack Starling, Mark Smith, Rob Minier, Rick Adams, Mike Neidhart, Dino Riccio, Jody Dunwoody, Steve McNeely and William Meyers within the drum corps idiom performing with Suncoast Sound and The Spirit of Atlanta. With the skills he learned and worked diligently on, he was graced with the opportunity to perform as a percussionist at Tokyo Disney Land in 1998 and 1999 and then again at Tokyo Disney Sea from 2005 to 2010.
Most of his percussion study was done with artists/musicians who are deeply rooted in specific types of music and the culture it came from during their childhood or teen years and not from a college professor who learned it from their professor out of a book but have yet to actually perform these styles outside of their class room.
During his time in Tokyo, he took every opportunity to go see concerts at The Blue Note, Tokyo Forum, Bunka Kaikan, The Billboard Club, The Cotton Club, touring Cirque du Soliel
shows and many other venues with top quality world renowned artists. On his free time from performing at Disney, Michael was fortunate to study with great percussionists such as Christopher "Kit" Chatham (of Blast & Shockwave) and Christopher Hardy both of Cirque de Soliel and also Abdou Bayefall and Abdoulaye Sarr Ndiaye of Senegal, Africa. Later back in the US, he studied and worked with Abdel Tahour of Morocco, took a workshop with Orlando Cotto of Puerto Rico and is currently learning from Jessica D Albino folkloric dancer/drummer of Puerto Rico.
He has traveled to Cairo, Egypt to study middle eastern music, to Colombia to teach marching percussion and learn their folk music and also to Bali, Bangkok, Costa Rica, Panama, much of the Caribbean, South Korea and Madrid to photograph in the streets and absorb the rhythm, art and cultures of those places.
Masterwork Cymbals 24", 22" rides (2), 20" rides (5), 16" crashes (2), 14" hi-hats
Ludwig late 60s green & olive badge 22"x14" bass, 12"x8", 13" x 9", 14"x10" tom and 16"x16" floor tom
Ludwig mid 70s Acrolite 14"x5" snare drum
Ludwig 2015 Rocker steel snare 14"x5"
Ludwig USA free-floating Marching Snare drum 14"x12"
Sonor Force 3007 Jungle kit 16"x16" bass, 10"x8" tom, 14"x10" floor tom
Canopus Maple snare drum 14"x5.5"
Yamaha Birch Custom Absolute 14"x5" snare drum
Gawharet El Fan doumbek (mylar head)
Gawharet El Fan riq (mylar head)
Meinl Percussion Turkish style darbuka 5 7/8" & a 7 1/4"
Meinl Percussion Doumbek (2)
Meinl Percussion Mizhar (2) 18"x4" with a thin calfskin & a mylar true feel head
Meinl Percussion 20"x2.5" Tar
Meinl Percussion Daf 20" with synthetic head
LP Matador congas 11" quinto and 11 3/4" conga
Persian Dayereh 15"x2.5" with a goat skin head
Senegalese djembe and tama (talking drum)
2 Pandeiros 10" one carnival style with lugs and a mylar head, one handmade in Rio old Capoeira style
RMV tambourim 6"
Hand percussion: assorted shekere, caxixi, guiro, bells, blocks, karkabou, tingsha, sea shells, seed pods, kashaka, Meinl stage (metal) and studio (plastic) shakers etc..
New Orleans traditional jazz and 2nd line music.
A band that fuses New Orleans funk and modern jazz.
I am the drummer/percussionist for this band that fuses Indian classical and folk music with Western jazz, rock, funk, R & B. We recently performed in NYC @ Rockwood Music Hall, The Shrine and Silvania and have an upcoming California tour.
A trio who does street performance in the theme park playing on trashcans, pots & pans, stoves and garden tools.
A New Orleans style marching brass band that plays second line, traditional jazz, traditional New Orleans R&B and ragtime. This band uses 2 drummers, a snare drummer and a bass drummer who also plays a small cymbal mounted to the top of the bass drum.
I travelled to Colombia for a week to help them prepare for an international band competition in the US. I taught in Spanish and did some translating between the Colombians and the non Spanish speaking American instructors.
I taught in Tocancipá, Colombia at all the local schools (5 total) and judged a band competition all in Spanish (no English translator) working with kindergarten, elementary, middle school and high school students as well as retired seniors.
A special summer event show at Disney's Animal Kingdom for the summer of 2016 featuring Indian folk and Bollywood music. We also performed at the White House for First Lady Michelle Obama
A school concentrated in mostly Egyptian classical and folkloric belly dance. I played in some of her dance classes as the dance students worked on learning the rhythms of the dances and learned how to solo with a live drummer. I also performed with her troupe at some of her events.+ Read More
I taught Middle Eastern percussion masterclasses and performed a drum/dance duet with one of the dance instructors.
I taught percussion students in Boyacá, Colombia for a day. All teaching done in Spanish without a translator.
I taught percussion students in Tunja, Colombia for a day. All teaching done in Spanish without a translator.
I taught percussion students in Facatativa, Colombia for a day. All teaching done in Spanish without a translator.
I taught percussion students in Guasca, Colombia for a day. All teaching done in Spanish without a translator.
I was part of the rhythm section that backed a singer doing swing and some late traditional jazz along with some modern pop songs re-stylized into the jazz idiom.
I worked with percussionist during marching band season, taught private lessons. I also arranged/wrote batterie (drum line) parts for the shows.
I helped the band director by working with the students during class and sometimes after school with technique on concert percussion instruments and marching drums.
I taught students at elementary and High school band programs in Tocancipá & Villapinzon, Colombia. All teaching done in Spanish without a translator.
I gave masterclasses and clinics for a week in Tocancipá, Colombia to band directors from all over Colombia and Guatemala and I also taught percussion techniques to students of kindergarten age to retired seniors. Used a translator
An ensemble that mostly played 13th century Spanish Cantigas but also we played Moroccan gharnati, nawbah (Andalusian), Nubian music of Egypt and Sudan and fusions of all of these. I primarily played mizhar (a frame drum), darbuka and riqq
I arranged batterie parts (rack, hand percussion) within the front ensemble and I worked with the drum line in the winter season while they prepared for parades
I played darbuka and zendrum with a band that fused Egyptian classical, Moroccan folk music and some western funk and rock playing 7 sets a day in the Moroccan pavilion at Disney's E.P.C.O.T.
I was a substitute drummer/percussionist with a special event brass band that did mostly entertainment for conventions and even a national commercial for Budweiser that aired during the super bowl.
I went to Colombia to work with the front ensemble percussionists to help them prepare for an international competition with Sound Sport through DCI in the USA. I also worked with them their first week in the US and for a few days of the beginning of their tour. They became the world champions in their division.+ Read More
I was the drummer for the 2009 IBC champ and 2009 Blues King of Beale Street. Playing mostly Chicago style blues.
I was a percussionist with a band that played music of the Americana genre but I used hand percussion along with a bass drum instead of using a standard drum set.
I was a sub drummer for a band that played Florida rock, blues and soul around central Florida.
I worked with the cymbal line before their performances at the state FFCC and international at WGI venues. They finished second in their division at FFCC and became a world finalist in the percussion independent world division at WGI.
I was the drummer for a local band that played southern Steel, New Orleans soul and funk.
I worked with the bass drum line and was also the marching technician for the batterie for an all age group who competed in DCA.
I backed 2 time Grammy winning singer/songwriter/producer
and directed the backing band for a few special events for his first Florida tour.
I performed with 20 other percussionists in a drum line backing up Enrique Iglesias for a special one time performance for a convention that McDonald's held for all of their national and international franchise holders.
I instructed the bass line and cymbal line and arranged marching cymbal parts/ choreographed visuals with a first year group of high school age kids that ended up finishing 5th in their division at FFCC and 2nd at a WGI regional.
I was the drummer for a band that played Chicago blues, New Orleans funk, rock n' roll and R&B.
I was a Musician/Entertainer/MC , acting, dancing doing rudimental drumming and speaking in Japanese 6 shows a day at the Disney Sea park in Tokyo, Japan.
I performed as part of the W.B.C. (Washington/Bond/Carr) drum set summit held at The Kickback Cafe in Tokyo, Japan.
I was a guest performer for Funcussion's 14th and 15th annual summer concert at S.T.B. in the Roppongi district of Tokyo, Japan. The group performs school outreaches, at nursing homes and drum festivals in Japan and South Korea keeping entertainment, theatre like performance at the heart and using comedy presenting music through percussion in a very refreshing way.+ Read More
I performed Pre show percussion trio (The JAMMitors), then performed in the main show with 60 other performers including dancers, musicians and characters (MC in Japanese). January - April 2005 and January - March 2006
I subbed for other drum instructors at a local growing music school between my contracts in Japan and drum corps tour in 2005.
This group of hard workers finished their season 3rd in open class finals and won High Percussion award in 2004,
placed 5th Open Class World Finalist 2005 both years competing against groups from the US, Canada, Japan and Europe.
A labor union representing professional musicians in the United States and Canada. Founding in 1896 as the successor to the "National League of Musicians," the AFM is the largest organization in the world representing the interests of professional musicians.+ Read More
5 years ago I met Mike at Wiregrass Ranch High School, he was my drum instructor. I honestly could not think of anyone better than him to teach me. He constantly made sure I set goals and always did everything he could to give me the resources I needed to better myself as not just a drummer, but a musician as well. If it weren't for him I don't even know where I would be. He always brings the energy, he never falls off topic, and is always so cool and relaxed, regardless of how stressful the situation is. Taking lessons with him every time leaves me wanting to know more and more about the knowledge he shares. You will not regret a second spent with him, his experience shows and his ability to teach is truly special. Mike you're awesome!!+ Read More
Michael is a world-class drummer, and I had the benefit of his coaching for my drumline and in private lessons. He's patient with 'dumb questions' and helps students discipline themselves to acheive incredible levels of technique. Also a really gentle, nice guy in general! Highly recommended.+ Read More