Native Massachusetts drummer Mike Mangini first gained major notoriety as the drummer for the rock band Extreme. Replacing original drummer, Paul Geary, Mike quickly established his reputation as a rock-drumming virtuoso. His style is an amalgamation of speed, power, dexterity, and pure musicality.
Mike's list of credits includes artists such as, Steve Vai, Mike Keneally, Nuno Bettencourt, and Annihilator. In 1999 Mike played on the Mullmuzzler album "Keep it to Yourself" featuring James LaBrie (singer for Dream Theater) on vocals. In the fall of 1998, Mike performed at The Montreal DrumFest in Canada and in the spring of 1999, he performed at The Modern Drummer Festival. Mike has authored a two volume instructional series entitled "Rhythm Knowledge" where he imparts his wisdom and technique for developing total four limb independence and understanding polyrhythms in theory and musical application.
For a quick taste of Mike's extraordinary playing and performing style, check out the "G3 Live" video where Mike performs with virtuoso guitarist, Steve Vai. Stay tuned for more performing and recording from this super talented individual and let's face it, if you haven't seen Mike executing his one handed drum roll while eating a marshmallow or a bunch of grapes with the other hand, your missing out!
Aside from his hectic performing schedule, Mike regularly conducts clinics and masterclasses all over the world, including a Zildjian clinic tour of Asia in the fall of 2004. He is also on staff at Berklee College of Music in Boston Massachusetts.
Currently, Mike is touring with Dream Theater on the Dream Theater World Tour.
"Since the very beginning, Zildjian has been there for me."