Mike Johnston (drummer)

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Mike Johnston
Birth nameMichael Johnston
Born (1976-10-15) October 15, 1976 (age 42)
OriginSanta Monica, California, United States
Occupation(s)Musician, Music Educator, Clinician
InstrumentsDrums and percussion
LabelsHollywood Records
Associated actsSimon Says

Michael "Mike" Johnston (born October 15, 1976) is an American drummer. He currently runs the educational website, Mikeslessons.com, where he offers live and pre-recorded drum lessons.

Early life[edit]

Mike Johnston began studying the drums at the age of 5. He spent the next fifteen years studying privately with drumming legends Pete Magadini, Steve Ferrone, and Will Kennedy.

At the age of 21 he received his first major label record deal with his band Simon Says and spent the next 5 years touring the world. He received a gold record for his contributions to the Varsity Blues soundtrack and has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman as well as on MTV's Fashionably Loud. Mike has also toured with Warner Brothers Recording artists Filter.

In 2016 Mike won the Modern Drummer Readers Poll award for Clinician/Educator of the Year.[1]


  1. ^ Castiglioni, Bernhard. "Mike Johnston". Drummerworld.