Mike Malone is a versatile percussionist currently residing in Oshkosh and is an active freelance performer, educator, composer and clinician throughout Northeastern Wisconsin. He graduated cum laude from University of Wisconsin – Eau Claire where he studied music. During college years, Malone performed with top top university ensembles including the GRAMMY nominated Jazz Ensemble I, along with a long list of prominent musicians in the Upper Midwest. He continues to perform over 200 gigs a year, and has been featured in numerous festivals and events such as the Twin Cities Jazz Society’s Young Artists Series.
While still in college, Malone was invited to join the Glenn Miller Orchestra and tour internationally with the iconic group. He has continued touring with other groups including Minneapolis based vocal jazz group, Five By Design, along with Ray Brown Jr. (son of Ella Fitzgerald). In addition, Malone has also performed with Geoff Keezer, John Pattitucci, Randy Brecker, Byron Stipling, Wycliffe Gordon, Andy Martin, Eric Marienthal and many other notable musicians.
As a composer, Malone has written for various ensembles ranging from small group jazz to percussion ensembles to big band. His music is published through Really Good Music LLC and his compositions can be heard on his debut album, “Overalls & Airplanes”. He can also be heard on a myriad of albums including releases on Dazzle Records (Denver, CO) and Tantara Productions (Chicago, IL). Malone is a performing artist for Bosphorus Cymbals.
Currently Malone resides in Northeast Wisconsin where he performs with a myriad of groups, co-leads the Water City Jazz Orchestra, and maintains a private teaching practice at Rhythm Shack Studios.
"Mike Malone is a swinging, grooving and intuitive player. A force in the future on the drums" -Andy Martin (L.A. Studio Musician, Gordon Goodwin)
"Working with Mike is incredibly easy. He is able to bring ideas to the table along with take instruction well and adapt to any playing style. He follows my two main rules for being a professional musician; showing up on time and being a great person to hang out with. When someone needs a drummer he's the first guy I get in touch with and would certainly recommend him to anybody" -Evan Middlesworth (Owner/Engineer, Pine Hollow Audio)
"I love playing with Mike! He is a very versatile drummer who really swings. He is sensitive and creative in a small group setting and able to drive a big band with ease. Mike is a drummer who listens and compliments the other musicians who are performing with him. This is the mark of a true artist in my book!" -Christine Hitt (Jazz Vocalists, Max Jazz Recording Artist)