Welcome! I am Mike McAloon a Drummer and Drum Teacher from Houston, Tx. I play drums with Blaggards. On this site you can find my upcoming tour dates, information about taking drum lessons, my gear, videos, music, and more!
Ska Lesson Click to Download PDF Ska music was originally created in Jamaica and was the predecessor to Reggae Music. It has evolved over time and enjoyed numerous waves of comebacks. Ska music can sometimes be swung or played straight, try it both ways! The main characteristic is the upbeat.
Click to Download PDF Quarter note beats – these are simple beats but they can challenge your dependence and independence. These beats are super common and super useful. Every Drummer should practice these from 60 – 260 b.p.m with mastery!
Shuffle Workout Click to Download PDF This is a few shuffle beats including some tasty fills to get your shuffle grooving.
I am a drummer and drum educator from Houston Texas. I studied Music under Chuck Throckmorton at St. Thomas High School. I took private lessons from Houston Jazz Legend Joe Raynor. I studied Jazz Drumset under Ed Soph, and Afro-Cuban and Brazilian percussion with Jose Aponte at University of North Texas.
I have been playing drums since 1992, I began playing professionally in 2000, and I have been a full-time Professional Musician since 2009 playing with the Irish rock band Blaggards. I have toured the United States with many groups since 1999 and have made multiple tours to Europe. One of my proudest accomplishments is having played shows in every state in the lower 48, I like to say I have seen the United States from behind a drumset. I recorded my first album at 16 years old and have done studio work with artists of many styles from Rock, Country, Ska, Hardcore, Jazz, Punk, and Hip hop. I have recorded music for films by New Line Cinema.
I have performed at; Rochester International Jazz Festival, SXSW, Free Press SummerFest, New York Irish Day, Hometown Holidays, Rockville, MD, I keep a busy schedule with my band Blaggards performing 150+ shows a year since 2009.
I have been teaching Private lessons since 2010. My students have gone on to successfully audition for bands in their schools and churches. I have helped my students achieve their goals on the drumset and in music. I teach Drumset to students ages 7 and up in my private studio and as well as in-home lessons.
The Vent-O-Lators – Cool Down 1997
The Vent-O-Lators – S/T 1999
ENIAC – EP4 2000
No Gun Ri – Charlemagne 2002
The Kants – This Book Is Deadly 2003
Basses Loaded – S/T 2007
The MF Transmissions 2008
Blaggards – Live In Texas 2010