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In the beginning…

MikeDolbear.com was established in November 2000 with the philosophy to use the power of the internet to bring the drumming community together. 17 years on, Mike Dolbear has become a motivator and educator recognised globally throughout the drumming world and today his passion and commitment continues to push the boundaries.

Mike Dolbear.com provides a platform for manufacturers and distributors to update the drumming community with their latest products and innovations with their latest news, along with reviews from the MD.com team of experts. See below.

Through this website we aim to continually promote our instrument and to positively encourage all players, irrespective of age, ethnicity, religion gender or ability, to value their unique contribution to the drumming community.  Mike Dolbear is responsible for organising the UK Young Drummer of the Year competition, clinic tours, The Ultimate Drum Experience and the masterclass suite at The UK Drum Show, which debuts this September in Manchester.

Mikedolbear.com is now read in over 100 countries by likeminded drum and percussionists.

Mike Dolbear

Mike has been a professional drummer for over 30 years having studied with some of the greatest teachers including Kenny Clare, Max Abrams and Bob Armstrong. He has worked in a variety of musical situations, including studio, TV, musical theatre and backing cabaret covers bands and continues to contribute to the global drumming community.

After ending a 10 year residence at The Talk Of London, Mike set up his own studio in North London teaching and helping many professional students and teachers including Brian Bennett (The Shadows), Cherisse Osei (Mika), Kapil Trivedi (Mystery Jets), Steve Forrest (Placebo), Mark Richardson (Skunk), Emily Dolan Davies (Bryan Ferry/ Tricky) just to name but a few.

Mike consults for several major record labels and management companies, along with various TV stations, coordinating drum features for the BBC, CBBC and ITV

In 2000 Mike wrote the tutor book “Rhythm and Fills” which is now one of the biggest selling drum tutor books in Europe. But he has yet found the time to write book 2 which is still in manuscript.

In October 2011 Mike was asked to coordinate, audition and teach the 1000 drummers for the London Olympics 2012 opening ceremony, an experience that he says was one of the highlights of his career. ” To coordinate that number of drummers and then play on what is reported to be the biggest TV audience of all time was a true honour and one that I will never forget”.

After the olympics Mike started getting known as the guy to do “big mass drumming features” and worked for UEFA to co-ordinate the 500 drummers for the UEFA London champions final at Wembley in 2013. 2014 Mike then had a call from Hans Zimmer to co-ordinate the drum features in Hans first ever solo concerts in London featuring Johnny Marr, Lebo M and Pheriel Williams.

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