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Mike Mangini -

Mike Mangini has successfully applied his Rhythm Knowledge learning method to all styles of music, from classical & jazz to speed metal. He has consistently developed both the melodic and rhythmic sides of his musical personality. He has documented his command of these styles on recordings, with Internationally Renown and Multi Platinum Selling bands, as a multi-time Grammy nominee, as the featured clinician at most every drum festival in the world, and as a full-time faculty member at Berklee College of Music along with being named to their Educational Committee and as Advisor to the Percussion students.

He is both teacher and student. He has been performing since the age of 4 and studying music since age 5. He studied percussion privately with Walter Tokarczyk (Public School System, Waltham, MA), from age 10 through 18. Since 1987 he has given private instruction to drummers, guitarists, and pianists. Michael completed his first drum clinic tour in 1996, and since then he has traveled the world as a clinician selling out venues in over 40 countries. The principles on which he based his extraordinary style can be found in his publications entitled Rhythm Knowledge Volumes I and II. 

His numerous awards include: Official Multi Category W.F.D. World’s Fastest Drummer, Boston's Best Drummer/Rhythm Section; NAJE All Eastern United States Percussionist - First Chair; All Massachusetts Jazz Band Drummer - First Chair; All Massachusetts Concert Band Percussionist - First Chair; All Massachusetts (N.E. District) Jazz Band Drummer - First Chair; Concert Band Percussionist (N.E. District) First Chair., and he appears in Drum Magazine Reader’s Polls yearly.

He has spent time in the recording studios. His more celebrated Rock credits include his 6 records in 4 years with Steve Vai, Waiting for the Punchline by Extreme, Set the World on Fire, Metal & All for You by Annihilator, (Mullmuzzler 1, 2, and Elements of Persuasion) with Dream Theater’s James LaBrie, & Tourist by Pop Artist Chris Emerson .

When Mike speaks of the importance of being able to relate to others "in and out of the limelight", he is talking from experience. He has performed in over 40 countries numerous times, led his High School bandmates to State, or National 1st place victories in Classical, Jazz, Percussin Ensemble and Marching Band, as well as, won Outstanding Musician Honors 7 times at mulit-school events, and is an active clinician with close multi year relationships to his endorsement companies and to the bulk of his drumming peers. He has also earned the respcect of his students on a personal and professional level with the highest student response rate percentage (in three consecutive years,) for all college professors in the national OCE online evaluations.



*Grammy Nominations: Rock Instrumental- Steve Vai> For the Love of God (1997 Live Recording), Windows to the Soul (1999)

*Awards won as a Percussionist: All East-USA Orchestra 1st Chair (1980), All Mass. State (1977-1981), All East Mass. District (1977-1981), Waltham High School John Phillip Sousa Award (1981), Waltham Central Junior High Band Director's Award (1977)

*Awards won as a Jazz Drummer: All Mass. State (1981), All East Mass District (1980, 1981), Seven NAJE Jazz Festival "Outstanding Musicianship" Awards (1980-1981), Waltham High School Louis Armstrong Award (1981)

*Official W.F.D. World's Fastest Drummer in five categories (2002 - Current.)

*Reader's Polls- Modern Drummer, DRUM! for Up &Coming, Best Clinician. Best Progressive & Best Book -->All Top 5 finishes from (1997-2005)

*Drum Solo & Rhythm Section contest: Boston's Best Drummer (1989)


*Animated for online drum lessons with iPerform3D (2009)

*Berklee College of Music Percussion Dept. (2000-2010)

*Berklee Percussion Dept. Educational Committee (2002-2004)

*Private Instructor (1987-2010)

2006, 2007 & 2008 Finished in the top few percent (Nationally) for College Professors in the OCE Student's Teacher Evaluations Response Ratings.


Isao Fujita, UZ (offshoot of UK,) Skunk Baxter (Steely Dan,) Brad Delp/Barry Goudreau/Fran Sheehan (Boston,) Steven Tyler (Aerosmith,) Darrel (Run DMC,) James Montgomery, Charlie Farren, Johnny A., Nuno Bettencourt/Pat Badger/Gary Cherone (Extreme whole band, as well as, separately,) Patrick Benti, Steve Vai, Mike Keneally, Philip Bynoe, Steve Perry (Journey,) Jane Pitrelli, Waltham Percussion Ensemble Alumni, Annihilator, Dream Theater (whole band & dual drum w/Mike Portnoy,) James LaBrie (solo,) Brian Bellar, Matt Guillory, Marco Sfogli, Eastman School Orchestra, Joel Thome, Godsmack, Dale Bozzio, Steve Ferlazzo, Brad Miller, two dozen Sanctum Sound recording artists, a lot of cover bands and done drum duets, or group jams with every major drum clinician on Earth.


*International Drum Clinician: Over 40 Countries (1994-2010) Currently Tours 4 continents Bi-annually

*Currently plays one-off Charity Gigs with Skunk Baxter (Steely Dan/Doobie Bros,) Barry Goudreau & Fran Sheehan (Boston,) James Montgomery (Blues Artist,) Steven Tyler & other guests depending on the gig location.

*Steve Vai: Over 40 Countries (1996-2000)

*Extreme: Over 20 Countries (1994-1996)

*Dale Bozzio/Missing Persons: USA (1995-2002)

*Annihilator: Canada & Europe (1993)


"A Drummer's Dream," by John Walker (Canada.)


Discovery Channel's "Timewarp," featured on Chronicle, ESPN, MTV Videos: "Set the World on Fire" and "All for You," by Annihilator, "Hip Today," by Extreme, "Hip Today" from David Letterman, various live concerts with Steve Vai and a Harriss Teeter Commercial.


G3 Live (Vai, Satriani, Johnson,) Drum Pad 20th Aniversary, Modern Drummer 2006, UZ 2010 (not yet released.)


Masaki Watanabe, Isao Fujita, UZ 2010, James LaBrie> Elements of Persuasion, Mullmuzzler 1, Mullmuzzler 2; Steve Vai> Fire garden, Merry Axemas, G3 Live, Ultra Zone, Live in an Ultra World, The 7th Song,; Extreme> Waiting for the Punchline, Running Gag, Unconditionally; Nuno Bettencourt> Schizophonic; Gary Cherone> Perfect World; Tribe of Judah> Exit Elvis; Annihilator> Set the World on Fire, All for You, The One, Metal; Rush Tribute> Subdivisions; Mike Keneally> Sluggo; Sal DiFusco> Great Exploits, Nevertheless, Vanishing Mist; Chris Emerson> Accidental Tourist; Daniel Pique>Boo; Ethan Brosh>Hit Man; Dave Reffet>Shredding the Envelope...


Pearl Drums, REMO Drum Heads, Shure Microphones, Zildjian Cymbals, Zildjian Artist Series Signature Sticks. Vater Slicknuts.


Zildjian "Mike Mangini" Sticks, Trashformer EFX Cymbal and Pearl's "Mike Mangini- Golden Ratio" Snare Drum.