"Thumper Custom Drums are the best drums I have
played! With their patented bearing edges, these drums
smoke. The attack is HUGE, and these cannons have
an unbelievable true tone without ringing or buzzing.
From the beginning, John has paid special attention
to me and my drums. He treats his endorsers like gold
and always sets the higher example. I had John bring
out the bass drum to an 18" rather than a 16"
length. Anyone who hears it also FEELS it in their
chest cavity. John’s drums are custom drums
at affordable prices--no complaints here!I've known
John since the beggining and have never seen a drum
that wasn't made to perfection. His crafting philosophy
is both cutting edge innovation, coupled with age
old tradition. With his unique bearing edge and his
holeless shell approach, the sweetspot is found effortlessly.
I gave up my DW endorsment for this deal & have
never looked back."
Custom Drums are the best
drums I have played!"
- Jay Michaelis
Touted as one of "Rock's Best Kept Secrets"
by Thumper Custom Drums, Jay Michaelis has a list
of accomplishments and experience to impress even
the harshest of drum critics. Jay has been behind
the drum kit since he was a mere 6 years old and has
come quite a long way to become the winner of Drum
Magazine's "New Blood" Contest and voted
"Best Unsung Drummer" by Bam Magazine. To
date Jay has performed in over 35 states as well as
Canada, and has toured with such acts as System of
a Down, Incubus, Papa Roach, and Sevendust just to
name a few.
Currently Jay teaches all styles with a concentration
on independence and groove study as well as a strong
emphasis on notation and the use of rudiments on the
drumset. Jay's students range in age, skill, and experience
from children the age of 5 to a music professor at
Stanford University. He has been teaching for 17 years,
playing for 30, and performing professionally for
25. He offers styles such as Latin, Rock, Jazz, Metal,
Punk, Afro-Cuban and Marching. He is also backed professionally
being endorsed by six drum companies: Paiste, Aquarian,
Pro-Mark, DW, Thumper Custom Drums, and Coffin Case.
As well as teaching private lessons, Jay has also
created "Green Room Music Camp" geared toward
enhancing childrens interest in music and the arts.
This camp runs 6 weeks out of the summer and ends
with a rock performance from the students. The camp
and Jay's lessons are held in Pacifica at
Room Music Center, 640 Crespi Drive.