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.
Drummer/Educator/Producer Los Angeles, CA
Drum Instructor Los Angeles, CA