Michael DAngelo is a Grammy-nominated drummer based in Denver, Colorado. He has performed throughout the United States and internationally with a wide variety of artists including Doc Severinsen, Daye Brubeck, Ron Blake, James Carter, Greg Gisbert, Shane Endsley, Alan Ferber, and Brandon Lee to name a few. Michael is best known for being the inaugural winner of Modern Drummer Magazines Undiscovered Drummer Contest in 2000. Currently, Michael is pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Jazz Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Most memorable Next-Level PerformanceThe first time I played with Doc Severinsen, it was to a sold out crowd of thousands. To play for such an enthusiastic and energetic crowd, no less for a jazz concert, was an exhilarating and inspiring experience.
What Drives Your Creativity?Being a jazz musician means playing with many different high level players in different combinations and situations, and each performance is totally unique. Each time I play, I'm inspired in the moment to make musical decisions for each unique situation, and drives me to find new sounds and ideas.
Why do you choose Vic Firth?Vic Firth sticks are unmatched in the industry in terms of feel, design, and consistency. I've played Vic Firth since the beginning of playing drums, and I'm proud to be associated with such a great brand for almost 20 years.