Michael Tapper

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Michael Tapper
Birth name Michael Shane Tapper
Genres Indie-rock
Occupation(s) Drummer
Instruments Drums, backing vocals
Labels none
Associated acts We Are Scientists, Bishop Allen, Fool's Gold, Yellow Ostrich

Michael Tapper is a member of Los Angeles band Fool's Gold. He was a member of the indie-rock band We Are Scientists, with Keith Murray and Chris Cain, until November 2007. He played the drums for the band and assisted with backing vocals.[1] He was also a member of Yellow Ostrich.[2]

He received MTV's "Beard of the Year" award for 2005 and 2006.[3]

On November 1, 2007 it was announced that Tapper "relinquished his duties as drummer of We Are Scientists in order to "pursue other things."[4]

He is collaborating with Luke Top and listed as "voice/hand drum." [5]

Tapper was a 1996 graduate of the now defunct Lexington Academy in Farmers Branch, a suburb of Dallas, Texas. An avid runner during his high school days, he was a member of a State Champion Cross Country team. He finished 11th, one spot from being awarded All-State honors, at the 1995 TAPPS (Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools) State Cross Country Meet. While at Lexington, he was also a major part of the state champion pop vocal & sacred ensemble, First Light, & the lead player in a state champion percussion ensemble, amongst other awards. He has a B.S. in Engineering from Harvey Mudd College.


  1. ^ "We Are Scientists website". Wearescientists.com. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  2. ^ "Yellow Ostrich website". Yellow Ostrich. Retrieved 2012-06-25. 
  3. ^ "Voting for Beard of the Year 2006, photos from Munich, and some interviews « What's the Word". Wearescientists.wordpress.com. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  4. ^ "Leaving the band". Thisisfakediy.co.uk. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 
  5. ^ US. "Luke Top Myspace page". Myspace.com. Retrieved 2011-10-29. 

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