Mike Troupe has been playing drums since 1978 and performing music since 1982. His performances with bands over the years had him play a variety of musical styles ranging from Heavy Metal, Hard to Soft Rock, Country, Blues, R&B, Big Band, Bebop, Jazz-Fusion, Cumbia, Latin styles, and Reggae. Mike performed with the "Deems Tsutakawa Band" for over 7 years (deemsmusic.com), a mix of Jazz-Fusion, R&B, Funk, and Straight-ahead jazz. He has also worked with Seattle's renowned jazz bassist Steve Kim (www.kimpossibilities.net/). Mike has also performed with flutist Bradley Leighton (bradleyleighton.com). Mike graduated from the Art Institute of Seattle Wa. as an honor student and with an Associate of Arts degree in the Music/Video Business. He also studied music theory and jazz improvisation at Edmonds Community College. Inspired by drummers such as Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Steve Smith, and Steve Gadd, Mike sought out and studied for 5 years under drummer and educator Garey Williams (www.gareywilliams.com) of Seattle Wa. to help him attain the next level. During that time he also attended Garey's Master Classes (Studio& Big Band Drumming, Fusion drumming Workshop, Contemporary Drumming Essentials, and Latin Drumming Studies). Garey Williams gave Mike the honor of a written recommendation to teach not only private instruction but group classes as well.
Mike also has a back ground in live sound reinforcement and studio recording and has worked as head engineer for Seattle's rock band "Alice In Chains" www.aliceinchains.com and has recorded the Columbia Records signed rock band "War Babies" http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/War_Babies_(band).
Mike has worked with original guitarist/keyboardist Michael Bruce of Alice Cooper and is currently the drummer and Music Director of the "Fattburger Fugitives" which features founding contemporary jazz band "Fattburger" guitarist Steve Laury (www.stevelaury.com).
Demo 1 "In The Zone" is a stereo drum track recorded at my home with only 2 overhead mics! I'm playing to a pre-recorded music track from drummer Dave Weckl's Album "Rhythm of the Soul." Demo 2 uses 3 mics, 2 overhead and 1 in the Kick Drum. This CD came without drums and I chose to use it for demonstration.
Let Go, Insignificant, and Sunlight are song demo's with guitarist/singer/songwriter Josh Sulfaro. I used Paiste Sound Formula cymbals with a Sabian ride and Pacific Drums except the Ludwig Black Beauty snare drum. For more info about Josh, go to www.myspace.com/joshuasulfaro or