Michael D’Angelo is a Grammy nominated drummer and educator originally from Charlotte, North Carolina. Currently he is on the jazz faculty at the University of North Carolina Wilmington as a lecturer and drum set instructor. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Percussion Performance from the University of North Texas and a Master’s degree in Jazz Studies and Performer’s Certificate from Indiana University.
Michael has performed with a wide array of artists in a variety of musical situations, including Doc Severinsen, Mary Wilson (of The Supremes), Dave Brubeck, Jamey Aebersold, James Carter, Alan Pasqua, Bob Hurst, and Stephen Anderson to name a few.
He has performed throughout the United States and internationally, including the Modern Drummer Festival, the Percussive Arts Society International Convention, the Ravinia festival, Carnegie Hall, and the PerKumania festival in Paris, France. He is an avid performer in all aspects of percussion and musical idioms, including symphony orchestra, large wind ensemble, percussion ensembles, chamber ensembles, musicals, large and chamber jazz ensembles, commissions, solo concerts, and clinics.
Michael was a member of the University of North Texas One O’Clock Lab Band from 2008-2009 and received a Grammy nomination from the band’s annual recording Lab 2009 for Best Large Jazz Ensemble Album. At North Texas, he was also a member of the Wind Symphony and Advanced Percussion Ensemble, premiering new works for chamber and large ensembles.
In 2011, Michael was invited to participate in the Ravinia Festival’s Steans Music Institute for Jazz, an invitation only workshop for rising jazz composers and performers with mentorship from David Baker, Rufus Reid, Nathan Davis, and Curtis Fuller.
Michael is known for being the winner of Modern Drummer Magazine’s inaugural Undiscovered Drummer Contest at the age of 12. In 2000, he performed at the Modern Drummer Festival and was included on Hudson Music’s DVD release of the festival.
Michael proudly endorses Pearl drums, Vic Firth drumsticks, and Evans drumheads.
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