Mike Wengren

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Mike Wengren
Mike Wengren 2-9-08.JPG
Wengren in 2008
Background information
Birth name Michael Warren Wengren
Born (1971-09-03) September 3, 1971 (age 46)
Instruments Drums, timpani, percussion
Years active 1994–present
Labels Reprise
Associated acts Disturbed, Fight or Flight
Website disturbed1.com

Michael Warren Wengren (born September 3, 1971) is an American musician, best known for his work with the heavy metal band, Disturbed. He is one of the founding members of the band, which was formed in 1994. He is well known for his hard hitting bass drum techniques that have become a staple of Disturbed's music.


Born and raised in Chicago, Illinois, Wengren has been playing drums since around the age of 10, when he took some lessons for about a month but didn’t begin to take his drumming seriously until the age of 15. He attended Curie High School on the Southwest side of Chicago.

He has been quoted as saying that Metallica, Slayer, Judas Priest, Testament, Mötley Crüe, Pantera, Iron Maiden, and Racer X were his strongest influences.

On August 31, 2005 he proposed to his girlfriend onstage. Before the set closer, frontman David Draiman handed the microphone to Wengren, who explained how he's spent a lot of time in Milwaukee recently and how he met his girlfriend here. He then invited her onstage and proposed marriage to her.[1]

In recent years, he has appeared in advertisements for Pearl Drums, since the Masters Series was his first professional kit purchased from Midwest Percussion the early 90's. Wengren uses Evans Hydraulic Glass drumheads on all toms and EQ3 heads on both bass drums. He has also been added to the Vater Signature line of drumsticks, which now has the Mike Wengren model. Additionally, he uses Sabian cymbals.

His previous tour kit was a 'cranberry fade' Pearl MRX Masters Series drumset with black hardware. Wengren's tour kit in support of the album Ten Thousand Fists was a 'vintage sunburst' variation of the same drumset, also with black hardware.

Wengren is currently pursuing a side project band, Fight or Flight, in collaboration with Disturbed member Dan Donegan.[2]


Indestructible kit[edit]

Reference Series Custom painted by Nub Grafix

  • 22x18 bass drum x 2
  • 10x8 tom
  • 12x9 tom
  • 14x11 tom
  • 16x14 tom
  • 18x16 tom
  • 14x6.5 snare drum
  • 14x6.5 steel Reference snare drum

Cymbal Set Up - All Sabians.

  • Chopper 12"
  • AA Metal-X Hats 14"
  • AA Metal-X Splash 12"
  • AA Metal-X Crash 18"
  • AA Metal-X Crash 19"
  • AA Metal-X Chinese 18"
  • 23" Limited Edition OverRide
  • AA Rock Crash 19"
  • AAX X-Treme Chinese 19"
  • AA Metal-X Hats 15"
  • AA Rock Crash 17"
  • AA Rock Crash 18"



  • Demo Tape (1994)


Fight or Flight[edit]

Other appearances[edit]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Loudwire Music Awards

Year Nominee/work Award Result
2015 Mike Wengren Best Drummer Nominated


  1. ^ "Disturbed Drummer's Onstage Proposal". Blabbermouth. September 1, 2005. Retrieved 20 March 2010. 
  2. ^ "News – Fight or Flight". Disturbed. 

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