Basic Background Info
Mike Mangini first played drums as a five-year-old in Newton, Massachusetts. Mike Mangini practiced diligently every day and, when he was nine, he could imitate many of Buddy Richís performances. Until graduating from high school, Mike Mangini participated in school bands and excelled in regional competitions. Mike Mangini went to Bentley College in Massachusetts, graduated with a degree in Computer Science, and went on to create programming software for the Patriot Missile program. Mike Mangini also worked on a program that analyzed links between a person's brain and their body.
But Mike Mangini's passion for music dominated everything else. Mike Mangini began teaching private drum lessons and, in 1987, he started playing in the Rick Berlin Band with Phillip Bynoe. In 1991 Mike Mangini recorded several tracks on thrash metal band Annihilatorís Set the World on Fire and then toured with the band in support of the album. Mike Mangini left Annihilator to replace Extreme's drummer (Paul Geary) in 1994.
When Extreme disbanded two years later, Mike Mangini auditioned for the drum seat in Steve Vai's live band. Mike Mangini got the gig and moved to Los Angeles to perform behind Steve Vai with Phillip Bynoe, Mike Keneally, and Dave Weiner. Mike Mangini performed with Steve Vai until Steve suspended their tour in 2000.
Mike Mangini returned to Boston and became an associate professor at the Berklee College of Music. For a short time, he also worked with Gar Cherone and Pat Badger in Tribe of Judah (along with Dale Bozzio) and recorded as a session drummer in the studio. In 2005 Mike Mangini accepted a full-time teaching position on the percussion faculty at Berklee. Mike is also an accomplished educational author whose specialty is complex rhythms and timing. Mike's education contributions are not limited to the classroom or textsóhe is also a renowned international clinician.
At the end of 2010, Mike Mangini auditioned for Dream Theater, along with Thomas Lang, Derek Roddy, Marco Minnemann, Peter Wildoer, Virgil Donati and Aquiles Priester. In April 2011, Dream Theater announced that Mike Mangini would occupy Portnoy's vacated drum seat.
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