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Michael Wayne Orris, Jr was born on July 16, 1985 and started playing the drums at the age of four. He started playing the guitar and bass at the age of ten, discovering a passion and natural inclination on these instruments also.

His first band “Existence” was formed when he was nine years old, and the band consisted primarily of an extreme, technical, and metallic sound. Existence experienced a good amount of regional exposure. At the age of seventeen, Michael won Modern Drummer’s “Undiscovered Drummer Contest” in the under eighteen division and was invited to play the 2003 Modern Drummer Festival.

In the months following the Modern Drummer Festival Michael produced a project called “Eightimesover”. They performed regionally in support of the first recording in which Michael wrote and recorded all of the music. Michael has also gained years of experience in the top 40 casino and working circuits, and will never return to it.

In 2004 Michael had the opportunity to tour briefly with John Lee Hooker, Jr.

Michael toured with metallic hardcore band “First Blood” in relation to their debut full-length "Killafornia" in 2006, and a short stint again in 2009 for the "Groezrock" Festival in Belgium, and a local SF, CA date at the DNA Lounge shortly after. Michael made a short return to First Blood in June of 2018 for partial completion of a tour (left). This was just not a good fit obviously...

In 2008 he was asked to fill in and tour with “Last of the Believers” which consisted of members who also played in Rise Against and Ignite.

*Judge at the Guitar Center Drum Off (2007,2009, 2010, 2014)

*Instructional DVD "Drum Formula Vol. One with Mike Orris," published in 2007.

*Won Modern Drummer's "International Undiscovered Drummer" contest in 2003.

*Performed at the 2003 Modern Drummer Festival.

*Featured on the 2003 Modern Drummer Festival DVD.

*Featured in issues of Modern Drummer Magazine and DRUM! Magazine.

*Bands/Artists played, recorded, or toured with include:
First Blood, Last of the Believers, Existence, Eightimesover, The Kanes, Formerly Known As (Prince Tribute), Cranium, Nevermute (Bass), Beta Case (Guitar, Drums), The Novelists, Changing the Design, Popstarserialkiller (Guitar), Tony Cataldo Attempt, Dane Rinehart, Hell Nevada, Uplifted, Sucka Punch, John Lee Hooker, Jr., Mimic

*Attended LA Music Academy Summer Program ’04 (Certificate).

*Proficient multi-instrumentalist, song-writer, and producer.

*Previously Endorsed: Pro Mark Drumsticks, Aquarian Drumheads, and Sabian Cymbals.


Screen name:
Member since:
Jan 16 2015
Active over 1 month ago
Level of commitment:
Years playing music:
Gigs played:
Over 100
Tend to practice:
More than 3 times per week
Available to gig:
6-7 nights a week
Most available:


Buddy Rich, Jimi Hendrix, Gene Krupa, Louis Bellson, Van Halen, Sepultura, Slayer, Pantera, Mahivhishnu Orchestra, Billy Cobham, Tony Royster, Jr, Sheila E, Prince, Dennis Chambers, Dave Weckl, Danny Carey, Stewart Copeland

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