Mike P Bio
ďPlaying the drums is good detective work...
you try to find a pattern that
matches, then try to get one up on it.Ē
Michael was the
second born from a musical family of 7, 4 sisters and 2 brothers.
Instruments around the house varied from harmonica and accordion to guitar,
drums, piano and spoons. If you donít know
about the spoon thing, Iíll tell you later. By
the age of 10 Mike had a bad reputation for driving everyone crazy by playing
finger drums on anything in sight, including his younger sisters, whom he
especially loved to pick on. Sending him for drum lessons only made it
first drum set was a wooden marching band bass and snare drum hand me
down. The snare doubled as a tom with a string and spring, foot-actuated
gizmo to turn off the snares. Add a foot pedal, hi-hat, and cymbals, and
it was almost a real drum set. Mike bought his first real drum set from Larkinís Music when he was 14 years old. (Ludwigs)
Michael played in the
Johnson City high school band and orchestra in his Junior High School years.
By the age of 14, he and his brother formed a band called the Night
Riders. His Mom would drive the four band members and friends to gigs at
the Ritz, high school dances, and WJ Teener.
They played the Beatles, Led Zepplin, Cream, Hendrix,
Vanilla Fudge, and lots more.
After high school, Mike went on
to college attending Ohio Tech in Columbus, Ohio to become an electronics
He continued playing
drums in local bands and expanded his drumming ability by attending the
Columbus School of Music. His instructor, Joe Ong, was being recruited to play with Doc Severinsons band, and Mike
was able to spend a year with him. They became friends, and even ended up
working part time at the same restaurant; Mike was the cook and Joe was the
entertainment with the with the Ben Leply Trio. Joe would let Mike sit in on the drums
a lot so he could play the vibraphones (vibes). Mike
had a band of his own band as well and played several
walkathon charity events. The picture (below) was
taken at the Columbus Park of Roses in 1974.
Michael moved back to
the area in 1978. He has played in several bands locally since he came
back. Lynx, The Lost Boys, and more recently a project of his own, a classic
Rock band called The Cutting Edge. Mike loves all kinds of music.
He especially enjoys playing latin rhythms and
aspires to the unconventional jazz drumming of Dave
Mike loves playing the
blues, he says it is the root of a lot of music and brings out a musicianís heart and soul. This infects and draws the
audience into a oneness with the band.
current drums are Sonor (Force 2000, shown above). Heís played, Ludwig, Rogers, Slingerland
and Pearl sets, and says the Sonors have the best
tonal quality due to the slightly undersized shell, allowing the skins to
about those spoons. When there was singing around the piano on holidays,
Mike would take 3 large spoons, 2 back to back in one hand, and strike between
the spoons with the other, creating a shuffle rhythm. Try it, itís fun!