Email: mike_bando (at) hot mail (dot) com

I do drums.
I don't do drama, nor drugs nor drinking.

Brief Bio:
Throughout my early elementary school days, I have always had an urge to drum on everything from pots & pans to pillows, desks, tables, etc.
I've been playing drums since 3rd grade but didn't get my first snaredrum + hihat until 5th grade. Back then "Wipeout" was my first fave drum jam (now my son plays it):

I joined elementary school band in 5th grade and continued into 6th. In middle school I played snare with marching and symphonic school bands, following on into 4 years of high school as well.

I continued playing drums as a hobby throughout my college years and began an interest in electronic drums as well.

After college, I began playing in Asian (Vietnamese /Filipino) bands and ultimately in a few American bands.

Screen name:
Mike Berbano
Member since:
Sep 26 2008
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Moderately Committed
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
1 time per week
Most available:


Pro Drummers: Jeff Porcoro, Dave Weckl, Vinnie Coliuta, Omar Hakim, Steve Smith, Paul Wertico, Neil Peart, Stewart Copeland, Thomas Pridgen, Chad Smith, Chad Wackerman, Chris Coleman.

Instrument experience:

Other Percussion:


Electronic Custom Kit: Roland V-Drum TD-25 w Trigit Triggers on Mesh Acoustic kit, Akai MPC2000 drum sampler sound module, Drumkat v2.5 MIDI controller, Alesis Sample Pad Pro, ACUPads electro-acoustic drum pads.

Acoustic Drum Kits:
Pearl Export Series '92 (Deep Atlantic Blue) - upgraded to Black NOB Tube Lugs & DSS suspension mounts (4 toms).
Pearl Export Steel 6.5 X 14 Snare drum upgraded w Gibralter 42 strand snare wires, internal snare Sennheiser mic mounted via May Drum Mic system, NOB tube lugs, NOB Die Cast hoops, blue metallic shell wrap, 300 mil Evans snareside head, Evans Hybrid Coated Batter head.
Reg Toms 8/10/12/13/16".

16" floor tom now converted to kik drum via Pearl Jungle conversion hardware kit with added top dual tom mount holder:

House Jammin w the Bebop Kit

Yamaha double kik pedal.
Mapex 800 Series Hardware, black NOC.
HiHats: 14" Meinl HCS bottom + 14" Zildjian A Mastersound bottom.
Crashes: 18" crash/ride Zildjian A, 16" Sabian B8 Pro Crash.

All drums above (except maple snare) have internal Mics installed.
Export demo/ upgrades:

Pearl Masters BRX (2004) 6 PC fusion sizes (deep Violet Midnight Fade lacquer finish):
22" Kick.
8/10/12/14" Toms.
6.5 x 14" matching birch main snare.
DW5000 single kik pedal.
DW5000 HiHat stand 2 leg.
Hihats: 14" Zildjian K Mastersound bottom + vintage Zildjian hollow logo top.
Crash: 16" Zildjian A.
Ride: 20" Medium Paiste Alpha.
BRX demo:

Misc Percussion: cowbells, tambourine, bar chimes, tubano, cajon.

Audio gear:
StageScape 20 channel Digital Mixer
Mackie 1202 mixer.
QSC K10 active loudspeakers pr (1,000 watts rms each).
EV EKX15SP SUbwoofer
Effects/processing: Alesis Q2 Quadraverb.

External mics:
Birch + Maple Snare drum mics: Shure SM57/Audix I-5.
HiHat + Overhead Cymbal mics: Audix F-15.

Internal Drum Mics:
AKG D112 and Shure Beta-52 (one each model kik drums + D112 on 13" Tom).
Inside the Pearl Export only:
Pearl chrome snare & 8" tom: Sennheiser 204.
10" Tom: Audio Technica ATM-125.
12" Tom: Audix D-6.