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Michael Holowatch

Like most toddlers, New Jersey native Mike Holowatch had a knack for banging on pots and pans when he was just 2. He soon graduated to drumming on paint cans in his grandfather’s garage, and at the tender age of 5, picked up his first pair of drumsticks. Recognizing his raw talent, his parents took him for lessons with New York-based studio drummer and educator Pat O’Donnell. Mike was a natural. By age 12, he was even playing weddings as a sub for O’Donnell.
Thirsting to become a master drummer, Mike seized the opportunity to work with some of the best teachers in New York and New Jersey, including Rick Dior, Jack Winters and Tom Nichols. Under their guidance, he studied and mastered a variety of drumming styles, including jazz, rock, R & B, and funk.
In high school, Mike studied tympani and classical percussion, and for three years running, was the first-chair timpanist in the New Jersey All-State Wind Ensemble. He also played in the percussion pit with the Rutgers Honors Symphony and New Jersey Youth Symphony.
He enrolled in William Paterson College’s music program and studied under Ray Desroches as a classical percussion major. He also studied Music Business and Audio recording. While in college, Mike helped found an up-and-coming ‘jam’ band called the '42 Main Street Delicatessen Band'. The band shared the stage with the likes of Maceo Parker, Grey Boy All-Stars, Moe., and Groove Collective in New York's budding music scene in well-known clubs like the Wetlands and Tera Blues. After college, Mike started playing in underground hip-hop and funk venues around the tri-state area.
In addition to playing music, Mike also teaches drummers of all levels, and is currently compiling a lesson book for drummers that includes rudiment exercises and variations, level exercises, coordination and groove exercises. He also works as a session drummer, song writer and producer.

Profile Summary:
Drummer/Educator/Producer Los Angeles, CA
Drum Instructor Los Angeles, CA
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Gear List:

Yamaha Recording Custom Birch 24" 22" 10" 12" 16"
Gretsch Mahogany Jazz kit 18" 12" 14"
Early 70's Maple Ludwig 20"13"16"
Neumann, Audix, Sure, AKG, Senheiser, Rhode, and Audio Technica Mics
Various Bright and Dark, New and Vintage Sabian, Zildjian, Paiste, and Wuhan Cymbals, Gongs, and sound effects
18 Snare Drums of various eras, brands,tunings, sizes and shells to accommodate many musical styles
Restored Marching Percussion from the early 20th Century
Various Latin Percussion and hand made percussion and mallets
Work Experience:
Philip Bynoe Matt Bissonette Matty Spindel Antonio Gambrell Michael Moon Reuben Chuggy Carter Melvin McKnight
Donna McPhearson Arne Wendt Steve Johnson Chris Cuzme Jeff Gross Danny Sears Mario Guini Erben Perez Chris Ftizgerald James "Boom" Calantoni  Antar Goodwin Trio Phedonia Chameleon Jim Nuzzo Tro  
Veronica Puleo P.J. Controneo Band Alan Grant and Primitive Soul Southside Slim D'Arcey Ciccone Andrew Branagan
Eryn Shewell Band Richelle Claiborne  Wayne Sousa
Joe Taylor Eddie Sanabria ECB Random Test Athenia Henderson Novae Red Level BluRumi
Kokolo Afrobeat Orchestra Brian Kirk and the Jirks
The Pat Roddey Band Blvd. East The Sirius Orchestra The Gypsy Dolls Jimmy Mastandrea Howard Karp
Lucky Days Lonesome Jubilees New Vo Rich
William Paterson NJ
Music Education/Studies
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Michael Holowatch is located in Los Angeles, CA and has the following skills: Drummer/Educator/Producer, Drum Instructor
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Category: Music
I am a professional musician looking to meet other people associated with the entertainment field.
I do live and studio sessions with many bands and artists, and producers. I am currently looking to work with Producers looking for Rhythmic composition, Beats, Loops, Television/Film Scoring and commercial work. I have over 30 years behind my instrument and 20+ years professional experience on stage and in the studio.
Relevant Education / Credentials
William Paterson NJ Music/Percussion, Education
Years Experience: 30

Drum Instructor

Category: Education
I am a professional Drummer/Instructor with 30 years experience recording and performing currently, all over the world and teaching Drums and Percussion. No matter what your age or experience level I can offer you Beginner, Intermediate, or Advanced Lessons that Help you Refine your Technique and give to the creative freedom to facilitate any style of drumming you wish to pursue. And give you the confidence to fully express your creativity percussively and musically. I have taught drummers from 7 to 70!!!! I can provide a unique learning experience in a fun and creative environment, concentrating on the essential elements of drumming: Sight Reading, Rudiments, Counting, Technique, Musicianship and Listening skills. From Classical Percussion and Snare Drum playing to Jazz, Blues (Various Styles), Rn'B, New Orleans (Second Line/Funk/Zydeco), Soul (All Eras), Funk, Country, Rock, Metal, Hip Hop (Including Programming and Sampling), and Gospel Drum Set instruction as well as drum set care and maintenance.
Relevant Education / Credentials
William Paterson NJ Music/Percussion, Education
Years Experience: 15