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Mike Mangini Bio

Mike Mangini was born on April 18, 1963 in Newton, Massachusetts. Mike started playing the drums when he was just five years old and claims to of practiced the drums for over five hours a day. By the time he was nine years old Mike began copying various Buddy Rich performances. In high school Mike began getting recognition for his drumming abilities after he competed in basically every drum completion that he could find. In 1987 Mike Mangini began touring with the Rick Berlin Band. After the Rick Berlin Band he played for Extreme. He met many people during this short period of time, and ended up getting an audition for the Steve Vai Band. In 1996 Mike toured and recorded for the Steve Vai Band. To this day he is still regarded as one of the best drummers that has ever played with Steve Vai. In the year 2000 Steve canceled one of his tours so Mike was forced to move back home. When Mike got back to Boston he began teaching at The Berklee College Of Music. He was an associate professor for five years, and in 2005 he accepted a full-time teaching position at Berklee.

Mike Mangini plays and endorses Pearl Drums, Zildjian Cymbals, and Remo Drumheads. He has written two books about various drum techniques. Mike Mangini currently holds three of the Worlds Fastest Drummer titles: Fastest Matched Grip (1247 strokes per minute), Fastest Traditional Grip (1126 strokes per minute), and Fastest Hands (1203 Single-Strokes Per Minute)

Below is a list of videos showing some of the various drum techniques that Mike Mangini uses when playing the drums. 

Mike Mangini Videos

Mike Mangini Drum Solo