Michael has established a diverse and exciting career as a professional percussionist and drumset player in Canada. Currently, he is a busy marching percussion clinician for Yamaha Music Canada. Since Yamaha initiated their Start the Groove program with Michael in 2008, he has conducted over 180 clinics from Halifax to Vancouver to help start marching percussion groups at Canadian high schools. He has also participated in educational conferences and workshops in Alberta, Ontario, Quebec, and Nova Scotia. In 2011, Michael co-founded the Ontario Drumline Association and Drumline Magazine. Michael is the composer and percussion head of the St. Michael's College School Drumlines in Toronto, and a consultant for several additional scholastic drumlines in southern Ontario. Over the years, he has composed and instructed for several drum corps and indoor drumlines throughout Ontario.
In 2004, Michael became a published author with his first drum method book, "The Mad Practice Pad". "The Mad Practice Pad" is the only practice pad book available, and has been sold across Canada and the US. Michael's second publication, the much-anticipated "Developing Modern Drumlines", is also available and is being used by numerous high school music teachers to teach their newly established drumlines. For more information or to purchase these publications, please go to the Books page.
Michael has extensive experience in teaching private percussion and drumset lessons to students of all ages and playing abilities. From 2002 to 2009, Michael taught at the prestigious Soul Drums Academy in North York, Ontario, where he had a waiting list of students. Despite the success of his program at Soul Drums, he has since moved on to teach private lessons at his newly-completed drum studio in Peterborough, Ontario. To view pictures of his studio and for details on lessons, please visit the Lessons page.
Michael is also busy as a hand percussionst and drumset player in several rock, jazz, drum n' bass, and R&B groups throughout southern and central Ontario. He has performed on studio recordings for several artists, including the Arrogant Worms and Paul McKay. For details on his current groups and their upcoming shows, please visit the Bands and Events pages.
Michael's success is due in no small part to his education and training from a young age. He began drumming at two years old on a plastic Muppets drumset, and played in his first rock group at the age of twelve. During his teenage years, Michael marched in a number of drum corps and indoor drumlines. He was a DCI World Championships semi-finalist three times, a Winter Guard International World Championship finalist three times, and the Canadian champion snare drummer at age 15. Michael received a diploma with honours in Performance Music from Cambrian College, where he was a percussion major and vocal minor. His studies focused on classical mallet and Latin hand percussion, as well as jazz drumset.
Michael is pleased to endorse Yamaha Percussion, Sabian Cymbals, and Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets.