College of Liberal Arts
UT Arlington Music
UT Arlington Music Department

Mr. Mike Drake

Area: Jazz Studies, Percussion/Drum Set

Phone: 817-272-3471
Office Location: FA 367G
Degree(s): B.M. University of North Texas
Mentis Profile:

Originally from Durban, South Africa, Mike moved to the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex to study at the University of North Texas in Denton, where he earned a degree in jazz studies.

Both locally and nationally, he is very active leading his band, as well as performing as a sideman sharing the stage and/or recording with such acts as: Jeff Tyzik, Sutton Foster and Megan McGinnis, Denzal Sinclaire, Carmen Bradford, Lee Musiker, Bill Watrous, Byron Stripling, Jeff Clayton, Wycliffe Gordon, Jason Alexander and Noell Berry, Liz Callaway and Hugh Panaro, Tony Desare, Megan Hilty, Emily Skinner, Maureen McGovern, Sylvia McNair, Tommy Tune, David Cassidy, Ben Vereen, Vincent Gardner, Tom Wopat, Cathy Rigby, Mitzi Gaynor, and Sutton Foster, Rosemary Clooney, Hector Guzman, Keely Smith, Fifth Dimension, John Gary, Joan Rivers, The Platters, The Coasters, The Inkspots, Mamas and Papas, Jerry Jeff Walker, Eartha Kitt, Phil Perry, Toni Redd, Mike Migliore, Gale Bliss and Jerri Sager, Ellis Hall, Lou Marini, Eddie Gomez, Randy Brecker, Conrad Herwig, Dick Oatts, Dave Liebman, Bobby Shew, Marvin Stamm, Kenny Werner, Ed Calle, Paquito De’ Rivera, Bobby Shew, Kenny Rankin, Vincent Gardner, Vic Juris, Brian Bromberg, Bobby Militello, Jeff Jarvis, Kevin Mahogany, Byron Stripling, Joe Henderson, Billy Taylor, Lee Konitz, George Mraz, Lewis Porter, John Pattitucci, Frank Wess, Conti Condoli, Sharel Cassity, Michael Dease, Linda Oh, The Gatlin Brothers, Tim Ishii, Brian Mulholland, Dan Cavanagh, Ken Edwards, Mark Murphy, Steve Morse, Andrew Firth, Dave Pietro, Dan Haerle, Sharel Cassity and Michael Dease Stefan Karlsson, Lynn Seaton, Fred Hamilton, Rosana Eckert, Rodney Booth, Pete Brewer, Jay Saunders, Jim Riggs, Joe McBride, Harvey Mason, Paul English, John Adams, Brian Piper, Dave Zoller, Genie Grant, Trella Hart, The Dallas Symphony Orchestra, The Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, The Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Pete Petersen and The Collection Big Band, The Cal Lewiston Orchestra, The Memphis Horns Big Band, to name a few, and numerous shows with the Dallas Summer Musicals, Dallas Theater Center, and Casa Manana, as well as numerous orchestras around the US and Canada.

Mike is also active in the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex as a drum set instructor, both at the University of Texas in Arlington, as well as privately in his studio. He has also performed many drum set workshops and jazz camps, in the United States, as well as internationally. Mike is also sought after to record on numerous CDs for various artists, as well as radio and television commercials.