A B O U T
Michael is a drummer, instructor, and sound artist based in Denver, Colorado.
B I O
Michael grew up listening to fishing boats and cattle and open space.
Interested by rhythm and sound, Michael joined the percussion section in the school band in Gering, Nebraska. While studying with Sandy Schaefer at Chadron State College, Michael developed a foundation in orchestral percussion, jazz drum set, and marching percussion. After high school, Michael attended the University of Wyoming to study with John Lane. After graduating, Michael traveled throughout China and Central America, performing with local musicians along the way.
Michael now works with several bands in Colorado; he also serves as a studio musician for local and regional musicians, recently including Grammy nominee Courtney Hartman. Michael taught drum set and hand percussion at Swallow Hill Music Association 2011 through 2018. In 2013, Michael worked with the Denver Museum of Nature & Science to create an interactive percussion exhibit for their Discovery Zone. Recently studying with Dave Weckl, Mark Guiliana, and Dave King, Michael now focuses on expression, articulation, and voice in his own playing. Michael is a member of the Vic Firth Education Team.
In early 2015, Michael started Helicopter Copter, a mixed media art endeavor, incorporating nontraditional processes, materials, and collaborations. Centered around sound and music, Michael works alongside musicians and other artists to create sound installations and media.
Michael spends spare time in art museums or in his garden or by bicycle.
P R O J E C T S
T E S T I M O N I A L S
"Michael is just the kind of guy and drummer I like to work with. He has articulate drum parts and a good sense of dynamics. Also, shows up on time and is prepared. I strongly recommend him."
→ Alex Tyler, Recording Engineer and Producer
"Michael is the perfect balance of skill and professionalism. He is ambitious, undeniably talented, and I always look forward to working with him."
→ Steve Varney, Musician
"Michael is articulate and thoughtful, both as a musician and as a human."
→ Ian Argys, Musician
"Michael is one of the most dedicated and motivated drummers I know. He is constantly honing his craft and regularly woodshedding at the drum kit. It is a pleasure to work with someone who has such a commitment to music."
→ Matt Hoffman, Musician