Mike Johnston is an American drummer and educator. He currently runs the world’s biggest educational website for drummers, Mikeslessons.com, where he offers live and pre-‐recorded drum lessons. 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 Bothers Recording artists Filter. Mike currently runs the world’s largest educational website for drummers, www.mikeslessons.com, where he offers pre-recorded video drum lessons as well as 36 “LIVE” online drum lessons monthly. Working from his facility in Folsom, California, he also runs monthly one‐week drum camps and teaches privately.
At the Mikeslessons.com facility, he hosts 10 International Drum Camps each year. He also spent 2012 touring the United States giving clinics at various music stores and performed both days at the 2012 Meinl Drum Festival. In 2013 his website (www.mikeslessons.com) won DRUM Magazines award for educational website of the year. He also performed at PASIC and co headlined two U.S. clinic tours with Matt Halpern and J.P. Bouvet.
In 2014 Mike has continued to push the educational envelope with over 20 clinics in 6 different countries including performances at The LaBag Show in Paris France, and the Laguna DrumFest in Durango Mexico. He has also been nominated for clinician of the year and MVP of the year by Modern Drummer Magazine.