Adjunct Professor of Drumset
Department(s)Jazz Studies, Percussion
Originally from Durban, South Africa, Mike moved to the Dallas metroplex to study at the University of North Texas where he received his degree in jazz studies. Both locally and nationally, he is very active leading his band, The Mike Drake Band, as well as performing with Dave Liebman, Marvin Stamm, Kenny Werner, Ed Calle, Paquito De’ Rivera, Rosemary Clooney, Bobby Shew, Kenny Rankin, Dan Haerle, Lynn Seaton, Fred Hamilton, Rosana Eckert, Joe McBride, Paul English, Andrew Firth, Dave Pietro, John Adams, Dave Zoller, Genie Grant, Trella Hart.
Mike has also performed with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, the Dallas Jazz Orchestra, Pete Petersen and The Collection Big Band, the Cal Lewiston Orchestra, Keely Smith, The Fifth Dimension, John Gary, The Platters, The Inkspots, The Mamas and Papas, Jerry Jeff Walker, Four Girls Four, Eartha Kitt, Joe Henderson, Billy Taylor, Lee Konitz, George Mraz, Lewis Porter, John Pattitucci, Frank Wess, Conti Condoli, Mark Murphy, Steve Morse (Dixie Dregs), Pete Brewer, to name a few.
He performs clinics and at jazz camps in the area, as well as internationally. Mike is also sought after to record on numerous CDs for various artists, as well as radio and television commercials.