Mike Packer is the Vice President of Education at 1500 Sound Academy in Inglewood, Ca. Mike earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Northern Colorado and his Master’s in Education, Leadership, and Policy from Boston University.
As a drummer, Mike performs regularly both domestically and abroad. Performance credits include clinics and concerts with the jazz-classical quartet Free Flight, Wilson Phillips, Diane Reeves, The Los Angeles Philharmonic, Steve Allen, Carl Anderson, Nils Lofgren, Lorna Luft,
Regis Philbin, Susan Lucci, and Ben Vereen. Television credits include Grounded for Life (WB), Mad TV (Fox), The People’s Choice Awards (CBS), the 16th, 17th, 18th, and 19th CableAce Awards (TNT), and the 1995 Easter Seal Telethon.
Mike’s teaching experience consists of 30 years of private and classroom instruction and several clinics in the USA, Europe, and Asia. Mike is the author of Feet Don’t Fail Me Now (Hal Leonard Publications) and Bass Drum and Hi-Hat Technique DVD (Hal Leonard Publications) and has authored articles for Modern Drummer and Drum! Magazine. Mike invented the Heel Less bass drum pedal and licensed it to DW Drums, where it is produced and distributed as the DW5000 ADH and has a series of Bass Drum technique lessons on Drumchannel.com.