SEEKING

Saxophone, Keyboard, Piano.

ABOUT

Drum Education:
Drum Set lessons (student)- 8 years
Rancho Cucamonga High School (RCHS) Jazz Ensemble- 4 years
RCHS Wind Ensemble (percussion) – 3 years
RCHS Marching Band (1 year drum set, 2 years snare drum)- 3 years
RCHS Indoor Drumline (1 year drums set, 2 years snare drum)- 3 years
Mt. San Antonio Community College Jazz Big Band/ Jazz Combo- 6 years
Cal Poly Pomona Jazz Big band/ Jazz Combo- 3 years

Professional Experience:
Give Up the Junk (GUTJ) Jazz/ Funk band - 3 years
The Blue Note Jazz combo - 5 years
Blues by 3 Jazz combo - 2 years
Michael Bennett (Christian Rock) - 1 year
The VP (Indie Rock band) - 6 years
Deserts (90's Punk Rock) - 2 years
Tandem Unicycle (Indie Rock/Folk) - >1 year
& Various other temp. projects

*Hip Trip (Funk) - Current
*Acts of Service (Sync Licensing) - Current


[Total of 17 years experience]

Achievements:
Louis Armstrong Award for Outstanding Jazz Musicianship (RCHS)
Award for Outstanding Musicianship (Mt. Sac) – [2012 & 2013]
1st Place in Reno Jazz festival *2 year college Band division (Mt. Sac)- [2011-2016, 5 years in a row]
1st Place in Alta Loma Music store Drum Competition (Division 1)- [2011]
Top 10 in World Class Indoor Drum line Competition (RCHS Indoor Drumline)- [2011]
Played alongside the likes of: Wayne Bergeron (Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band & MaynardFerguson), Andy Sanesi (Eminem & Arturo Sandoval), Tommy Mora (Marc Anthony & Prince), Pat Vegas (Redbone), Greg Esparza (Thee Midniters), Jessica Childress (The Voice), Jimmy Espinoza (Thee Midniters), Peter Erskin (Weather Report) and Jeff Ellwood (Quincy Jones, Tony Bennett).

Related Skills:
Solid foundation in Drum Set technique, Fundamentals, and Musical styles in which fluent: Jazz, Rock, Funk, and Latin
Strong ability in reading rhythms in music.
Experienced in music licensing, recording, mixing, production and band management.
DAW: Logic (proficient)

Screen name:
Michael Oktay
Member since:
Jan 31 2019
Active within 1 week
Level of commitment:
Very Committed
Years playing music:
15
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Most available:
Nights

Influences

John Bonham (Led Zeppelin)
Dave Weckl (Chick Corea)
Antonio Sanchez (Pat Metheny Group)
Vinny Colaiuta (Dave Matthews)
Thomas Pridgen (Mars Volta)
Zac Farro (Paramore)
David Garibaldi (Tower of Power)
Buddy Rich (Buddy Rich Big Band)

Instrument experience:

Drums:
Expert
Other Percussion:
Advanced

EQUIPMENT

Acoustic:
1.Yamaha Absolute Maple-Custom: (8", 10", 12", 14", 16" toms), 24" bass drum. Evans EC2S Heads.
Snare: Black Beauty 14"x 6.5" Snare drum. Remo Ambassador heads

Cymbals: 20" Custom Bosphorus ride/crash. 20" Sabian X-plosion ride/crash. 18" X-plosion crash. 17" Soultone Custom-crash. 16" HHX o-zone crash. 14" K-Custom Dark Hi-Hats (and more)
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2. Questlove Breakbeat Kit: (7", 13" toms), 14" bass drum. Evans G2 Coated Heads.
14"x 5" Snare with Remo Coated Ambassador heads.

Cymbals: 20" Custom Bosphorus ride/crash. 20" Sabian X-plosion ride/crash. 18" X-plosion crash. 17" Soultone Custom-crash. 16" HHX o-zone crash. 14" K-Custom Dark Hi-Hats (and more)

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Electronic:
1. Roland TD-17 KVX Electric Full-Kit

MUSIC