Michael James Grassman is originally from Two Rivers, Wi, but has been in the Milwaukee area since 1991. He started playing drums at 12 and quickly joined any and all school bands he could. Throughout high school at Wauwatosa West he has performed in musicals, marching band, drumline, concert band, Jazz band and numerous other ensemble groups for youths. While in college at UW-Waukesha, he continued the same path with many of the same performance groups the campus offered.
After graduating from UWM in 2005, Michael joined a Milwaukee based touring blues band. Shortly after he created and switched gears to play guitar for That 90’s Band. Since 2008, Michael James has been steadily growing in the music community of Milwaukee and has since performed with many bands, musicals, solo artists and other acts. In 2009 Michael also joined and now owns/manages Live Band Karaoke – Milwaukee.
In 2013 he opened Sound Check Entertainment & Studios to focus his attentions of teaching lessons while also offering quality production needs to many clients.
Michael is currently working with multiple bands, theaters and other acts for regular and fill-in performances.
His current bands include:
Mike & Marr’lo Duo
Live Band Karaoke – Milwaukee
In addition to performing, Michael is a full-time private instructor for guitar and drums and also works for local high schools with their percussionists and drumlines. See the “teaching” page for more details about his teaching background.
Michael’s first and main instrument is drums and percussion, but in addition to that he also performs on guitar, mandolin and occasionally the bass guitar.
In addition to his passion of drumming and guitar, Michael is also a sound and lighting engineer working for many bands, theaters, schools and more for tech/production needs. Having learned sound and lighting by providing those needs for his own bands, and then working at local music stores, Michael has formed long lasting relationships with local clients with their production needs and also forged that knowledge towards his company, Sound Check Entertainment.
Sound Check Entertainment
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