Michael Oktay


Band to Join, Accordion, Acoustic Guitar, Background Singer, Bagpipes, Banjo, Bass Guitar, Cello, Clarinet, DJ, Dobro, Drums, Electronic Music, Fiddle, Flute, Harmonica, Harp, Keyboard, Lead Guitar, Mandolin, Other, Other Percussion, Piano, Rhythm Guitar, Saxophone, Steel guitar, Trombone, Trumpet, Ukulele, Upright bass, Violin, Vocalist, Vocalist - Alto, Vocalist - Baritone, Vocalist - Bass, Vocalist - Soprano, Vocalist - Tenor.


Drum Education:
Received Drum Set lessons- 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
The VP (Indie Rock band) - 5 years
Deserts (90's Punk Rock) - 1 year
& Various Other temporary groups

[Total of 15 years experience]

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]
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 with 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
Styles in which fluent: Jazz, Rock, Funk, and Latin
Strong ability in reading rhythms in music.
Experience in music licensing, recording, production and band management.

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


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:

Other Percussion:


Yamaha Absoute Maple- Custom: (8", 10", 12", 14", 16" toms) 24" bass drum. Evans EC2S Heads (I usually only use the 10"-14" toms, however)

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