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Welcome To My Island

by Michael Drake

All original warm weather vacation island music that ".cures my cabin fever like a margarita slakes my thirst.” "The Pina in your Colada….Latin and jazz influences.
Genre: Reggae: Calypso
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Album Notes
"Welcome to My Island" CD contains some of Michaels best Island tunes. Similar to the style of "No Tan Lines"

The "No Tan Lines" CD is a concentrated collection of Michael Drakes tunes that take you to the islands with his riveting horn solos, simple but effective melodies and down to earth lyrics. the following tunes

Lovin’ and Livin’
Please Don’t Love Me From a Distance
The Canoli Man
You Make A Difference In My Life
We’ll Be Alone OO-LA-LA
Joytown
I’m A Dreamer
Island Stomp
A Little Bit Closer
Sometimes I’m Crazy
A Song To Sing
Perros Calientes
Will keep you jumping ! !

www.drakemusic.com
Michael Drake celebrates 40 years of music inspired by the islands
By Alan Hamari
Staff Writer Brookfield - ElmGrove -NOW
Posted: Feb. 27, 2007
Michael Drake's music career all started with show-and-tell.
When Drake was a third-grader in New Jersey, a classmate brought in a cornet to play for the class, and Drake immediately fell in love.
"I was hooked," he said.
After repeated pleas, Drake's father bought him a bugle, and when Drake wouldn't stop playing that, his dad forked over $5 for Drake's first trumpet.
Forty years and counting
He hasn't stopped playing since. The high-energy entertainer and town of Brookfield resident is now celebrating his 40th year as a professional musician and shows no signs of slowing down.
"It's pretty wild," said Drake, 56.
Drake's first professional gig was at the VFW in Cape May, N.J., in the winter of 1967. Forty years later, the trumpeter and vocalist performs more than 200 concerts a year around the state and the Midwest, at boat shows, private parties, weddings and other events.
Drake has recorded eight CDs over the last 27 years, starting with "Jessica" in 1980. His latest album, 2006's "Sazzunk," was a departure from his six previous albums of upbeat island rhythms and peppy calypso beats. His concerts are full of energy and feature singalongs, hula hoop contests and limbo contests.
He has been featured in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, The Shepherd Express, Jazziz magazine and several other local and music industry publications. He has been described as "Milwaukee's Calypso King" and "Milwaukee's Caribbean Dance Disciple."
Drake has also earned plenty of praise from friends he has made in the industry.
'Doing what he loves'
"He's a great guy, absolutely," said Scott Kleist, who has worked with Drake for about 20 years. "Great player, great guy, lots of fun."
Kleist has been involved in nearly all of Drake's albums. He started off doing keyboard programming on Drake's records and has done all the recording on Drake's last three CDs.
Kleist, a Milwaukee native and professional musician who has been playing since 1979, said he enjoys working with Drake.
"His stuff is always really interesting," Kleist said. "Every project he comes up with and starts working on is different."
Bob Ostrenga, the owner of Lincoln Music House in Milwaukee, has known Drake since Ostrenga's father ran the store years ago. Drake was a trumpet teacher at the shop for about 20 years and has been a "customer and friend for many, many years," Ostrenga said.
Ostrenga said he's impressed with Drake's longevity and credits at least part of it to Drake's passion for the tropical music that has helped make him famous.
"I think that's reinvigorated his love of music," Ostrenga said. "I think he's doing what he loves."
Love for island music
Drake said he has always been interested in Caribbean music. He said the two teachers he identified with most in high school were his Spanish teacher and his band teacher. When his family moved to Milwaukee from Tulsa, Okla., in 1971, he studied Spanish at UW-Milwaukee and played with Latin bands around the area.
"I like the language," he said. "I like the culture."
Drake said he and his wife, Lori, have taken several vacations to Mexico, during which he would sit on the beach and write songs inspired by his surroundings.
"The faucet was open and it just ran out," he said.
Ostrenga also said Drake's personality contributes to his success. He said "crazy comes to mind" when talking about Drake, but he also described his friend as "very professional." Ostrenga also said Drake is a good family man and a hard worker who's always busy with something or other.
"His motor never stops," Ostrenga said.
That's true outside the entertainment arena, too. When he's not playing shows or recording albums, Drake stays busy by remodeling his house.
"That still keeps my creative energies flowing," he said. "It's still productive and creative."
But don't expect Drake to turn his whole focus to home improvement anytime soon. Drake, a self-proclaimed "nut," said he's still got plenty left to do as a musician.
"It's hard for me to sit still," he said.
Albums
Michael Drake has released eight records over the past 27 years:
"Jessica" (1980)
"Life Stories Vol. 1" (1986)
"Welcome to My Island" (1991)
"No Tan Lines" (1997)
"Taste the Fruit" (1998)
"Savor the Moment" (2000)
"It's Nice in Paradise" (2001)
"Sazzunk" (2006)
Online
For information on Michael Drake's music or to hear samples of his songs, visit drakemusic.com.
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Local Music / Shepherd Express
Michael Drake: Mr. Entertainment
By DAVID LUHRSSEN

April 26, 2007
Forty years ago Michael Drake played his first paying gig, a “How low can you go?” limbo contest at a New Jersey VFW post crowded with sailors. “I think I made $5,” the trumpeter fondly recalls of his teenage debut. And he’s still fond enough of the limbo to include it in his shows, along with Hula Hoop contests and conga lines.

Drake has been eager to please local crowds since moving to Milwaukee in 1971. He has played in the long-defunct society bands of Dave Kennedy and Steve Swedish, the once-common Top-40 acts celebrated in Adam Sandler’s The Wedding Singer, in ’70s fusion bands and a Caribbean smooth jazz analogue to Jimmy Buffett, not to mention Latin and straight-ahead jazz combos. Beginning with his 1980 local radio hit “Jessica,” whose style was compared to Chuck Mangione, Drake has been as prolific in the studio as he is with genres. His latest CD, last year’s Sazzunk, is his eighth album and represents a more serious exploration of jazz.

“People have me pigeonholed as an entertainment guru,” says Drake, as irrepressible in person as onstage, where he puts a premium on keeping the mood upbeat and happy. “I don’t mind pigeonholingit’s been a wonderful journey for me! But I genuinely have a reverence for jazz. I love playing it! I feel that if people like me as a person, then they’ll listen to my musicand then I can sneak in a few jazz riffs. I start by playing the tune everyone wants to hear and turn to the tune I want everyone to know.”

It’s been a 40-year juggling act executed by Drake with professional aplomb. Leavening his need to be embraced by enthusiastic audiences (earning him a busy schedule of private parties, summer festivals and bar gigs) is his dedication to the craft of jazz trumpet and a desire to pass his enthusiasm and skill on to new generations. Between music-store workshops and seminars with high-school jazz orchestras, Drake has become as much an educator as an entertainer.

“I know one thing: It would be a lot harder to get started these days,” Drake says, comparing 2007 with the era when he began. “There were more places to play. And ever since DJs came along, they have filled in where bands used to be. But without live music, you leave out the ingredient of entertainment. I see a difference in the way people react to music latelysome people don’t necessarily react to entertainment. They don’t understand what entertainment is about anymore.”

Drake, however, hasn’t forgotten how to entertain, and continues to put on a show almost contagious in its good spirits.
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www.jazzreview.com
Featured Artist: Michael Drake
CD Title: Sazzunk
Year: 2006
Record Label: Drake Records
Style: Various Jazz Styles
Musicians: Michael Drake (trumpet), various guest artists including Ken Kosut on piano, Mike Powers on baritone saxophone, among others.
Review:
Michael Drake continues to amaze and delight with his intimate jazz trumpet talents, and each CD he releases further reveals his enduring sounds. His sound is always clean, intricate, and full of verve.
This CD collection has six long, enjoyable songs. The titles are"Funky Monkey," "Alone With You," "Winter's End," "Somethin' We Did," "Jamaica," and the intricate "Las Estrellas En Tus Ojos (The Stars in Your Eyes)."
"Las Estrellas En Tus Ojos" has three distinct and complex parts: Fugue, Bolero, and El Festiva. Each section is interesting in how it illustrates the remarkable stylings of Michael Drake on trumpet. Also, each section shows the sensitivity of Drake's memorable performances. Paula Marie Bynum provides an excellent vocal for "Jamaica," one of the most enjoyable songs to come down the pike in a while! The versatile Johnnie Padilla plays piano and flute on "Las Estrellas En Tus Ojos." “Alone with you” shows Theo Merriwether on piano, at his best.
The CD is alive with fine musicians playing at their finest! Jessie Kuscinski excels on steel drum, and Eric Larsen gives the listeners some nice trombone sounds.
This is a very nice jazz CD and covers many jazz styles. There is definitely something for everyone in this fine collection of imaginative songs written by Michael Drake. Highly recommended.
Artist's Website: http://www.drakemusic.com
Reviewed by: Lee Prosser www.jazzreview.com

Copyright© 2007 JazzReview.com®. All Rights Reserved.

Shepherd Express in the Aug 31 - Sept 6, 2006 Edition
[localmusic ] Sazzunky Jazz

Talk about changing latitudes and changing
attitudes. Until recently, Milwaukee trumpeter
Michael Drake spent the winter months working the
resorts of the Caribbean from the Mexican coast
through the Florida Keys to the Dominican
Republic. His CDs from those years echoed those
gigs with tropical-flavored pop jazz. Although
memories of that era linger lightly on his new
CD, Sazzunk, Drake eagerly speaks of it as a return to his roots.
The coordinates of his new/old direction are
encoded in the album’s eccentric title, a
compound of salsa, jazz and funk, three styles
Drake made his own during the ’70s and
early-’80s. He was prominent in those years on
the city’s active fusion scene and played with many local Latin musicians.
“I always gravitated toward Latin rhythms,”
Drake says over lunch at Acapulco, ordering off
the menu in Spanish. “When it comes time for me
to write my own music, I find that I understand
Latin music better than anything else. It was the
path of least resistance for me.”
Although Drake began playing live in
Milwaukee shortly after moving here in 1969 from
Tulsa, Okla., he spent his early years in the
back row of popular local bands, honing his craft
and his prodigious work ethic before stepping
into center stage as a recording artist and band leader in the early-’80s.
“I allowed life experience and education to
pour over me to the point that when it came time
for me to write my own music, the spirit and
intellect were mature enough,” Drake explains. “I
had so many melodies dancing in my head for
years, but I said, ‘No, I’ve got a few more years
to live before I start writing.’”
And when he did, the first things to pour
from his fingertips sounded Latin.
“Funky Monkey,” which opens Sazzunk, is
streamlined and dynamic, fusing Latin and
Caribbean rhythms and topped with Drake’s
confident trumpet prowess. “Alone With You” is
straight-ahead jazz, a group effort led by
Drake’s rippling horn. With “Winter’s End,” he
revisits a number originally recorded on a cassette-only release in the ’80s.
Sazzunk is Drake’s eighth album. All of his
recordings have been self-released. “I was told
when I started: ‘If you’ve got good product,
they’ll find you.’ You know who found me? Not the music industry, but my fans.”
And Drake has accumulated many fans over the
years, playing nearly 300 shows a year, ranging
from workshops for Getzen trumpets to club dates,
weddings, corporate functions and pool parties.
“After doing a project of this magnitude, the
effort was financially and emotionally
exhausting,” Drake says of Sazzunk. “The rewards
were emotionally and intellectually exhilarating.
The results? I wouldn’t change a thing.”

David Luhrssen
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www.jazzreview.com
Featured Artist: Michael Drake
CD Title: It's Nice In Paradise
Year: 2001
Record Label: DR
Style: Contemporary Jazz
Musicians: Michael Drake, trumpet, timbales, percussion, keyboards, vocals. Paul Marie Bynum, vocals. Scott Kleist, vocals. Diana Kleist, vocals. Lynda Lee, vocals. Kevin Carberry, horn arrangements on tracks 3,5,9. Compositions by Michael Drake.
Review: IT'S NICE IN PARADISE is a lovely collection of contemporary jazz trumpet sounds with a Latin tinge, filled to the brim with bright and lively performances, and good solo work. If you are new to the trumpet sound of Michael Drake, this CD collection of 9 songs will prove a fine listening adventure for you!
Selections include "'Toucan' Play," "Mi Casa," "My Time," "Coconut Waltz," "Under a Moonlit Sky," "Jazz Por Favor," "Tortoise Shuffle," "Suntan Man," and "Hangin'." Each piece is well performed.
IT'S NICE IN PARADISE is a crowd pleaser for all jazz listeners. There is something for everybody in this unique collection. "Coconut Waltz" and "Jazz Por Favor" are catchy songs that will linger longer after the music is over! "Tortoise Shuffle" is another listening treat!
Excellent trumpet work! Give this CD a try!
Artist's Website: http://www.drakemusic.com
Reviewed by: Lee Prosser
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Spotlight / Tropical Vacation CD “It’s Nice In Paradise”
Shepherd Express 2001
As a musician and a businessman and educator and entertainer, trumpeter Michael Drake wears more hats in a single week than most of us have in our entire closet. One day he’s doing a music store workshop for Getzen, the trumpet maker he signed an endorsement deal with last year: next it’s a club gig. One day it’s a seminar with a high school jazz orchestra, then a trade show or a company party.
Somewhere along the way, ha has managed to release seven albums. The Latest, “It’s Nice In Paradise”, reiterates the Caribbean-flavored smooth jazz themes already apparent when he issued his first recording in 1981. With melodies as crisp as white sails against an azure horizon of rhythm, “It’s Nice In Paradise” is an aural replication of warm sun and tropical drinks, the kind that sport there own umbrellas.
Paradise also features some sterling playing, especially the interplay between Drake and saxophonist Scott Kleist.
“When I listen to my old recordings I hear the same guy I am today,” he says.
“It’s a good feeling. My point of view has been consistent. My challenge is to remain creative within a framework of similarities.”
Drake knew he wanted to be a musician since his childhood. Along with building a formidable set of chops, he realized that he had to learn how to sell his skills if he was going to play for a living. “If you really love what you are doing, then you’ll conclude that the right thing to do is to promote it, share it and not keep it to yourself. If you’ve worked hard on your craft, why wouldn’t you feel the urgency to sell it?

Dave Luhrssen
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M i c h a e l D r a k e
Clinic/Seminar topics

“If you limit your experiences you limit your successes”

“It’s not that I have talent I am just determined….
not to let the lack of my talent get in my way”

“If everyone thought the same, then no-one would be thinking”

Small Minds Discuss People, Medium minds discuss events, Great minds discuss Ideas,
The greatest minds have been discussed by people, created events and developed new ideas.

1. The entrepreneurial spirit
2. What aligns with your molecular structure?
3. Recognize the qualities of your personality.
4. The warm up - warm down. Fundamentals.
Breathing, Air compression, Hatha Yoga, Posture, embouchure.
5. Creating signature riffs/melodic ideas.
6. Band leader. To be or not to be.
7. Find players with qualities that fill the needs and interests for everyone.
8. Etiquette on and off stage, never telescope discomfort with other musicians.
9. How to be a good sideman.
10. Recording / Producing. Why, where, how and with whom. Choosing the material,
The mix / audio arena. Pacing, packaging,
11. Promotion
12. Songwriting
13. Developing a clientele base.
14. I want to be discovered?
15. I want to be rich?
16. I want to be just like_______Really?
17. Improvisation
18. Cataloging all your materials.
19. Evolution of recording techniques
20. How do I get hired...What if I get fired... what if no one cares but Mom and Dad.
21. I spent all this time learning my craft why aren't people paying me the Big bucks?
22. Should I care what the audience thinks? Or should I think for the audience?

“Tap into my knowledge and experience”

Carroll College, Racine Horlick H.S. 5 x’s, Wauwatosa East H.S. 2x’s, Muskego H.S., New Berlin H.S. 2 x’s, Wauwatosa West H.S., Cudahy H.S. 2x’s, Eisenhower H.S., Hamilton H.S. 3x’s, Divine Savior H.S., Case H.S. 2x’s, Arrowhead H.S., South Milwaukee H.S. 2x’s, Grafton H.S. 3x’s, Bradford H.S. 3x’s, Texas, Illinois, Michigan, Oklahoma and more.

www.drakemusic.com 414-769-2001 www.getzen.com 1-262-723-4221

Michael Drake & the “No Tan Lines Band”

Michael is a seasoned veteran. His imaginative writing, playing and entertainment style is so natural he makes you feel as though you were spending a casual evening with him in his living room. It is truly something you have to experience to believe.
Small venue or in concert with one of his larger bands, he is fascinating to listen to and watch. He makes it look so easy and is always completely at ease with everyone and everything.
Michael’s uncanny ability to read an audience and spontaneously pace an evening of his music is quite remarkable.
The confidence, control and command that Michael has when playing his horn, , percussion, singing, or just entertaining is a real treat!
After experiencing the band for only a few moments you just can’t help but…
Feel good !
Hula Hoop & Limbo contests, Conga Lines, Sing-a-longs, hand made shakers for the audience / incredible interactive crowd participation!!!!
or…
J u s t enjoy g r e a t m u s i c !

“Critics Choice” “Critics Choice”

"Master of Island Vacation Music, Cures my cabin fever,
like a margarita slakes my thirst, The Pina in your Colada" Tom Purdy – Just A fan

“Fantasies of balmy moonlit nights, sun-splashed days,
margarita-enhanced hoofing” Tim Forkes - Shepherd Express

“A creamy drink blended, one part Latin rhythms,
one part Jamaican rhythms, one part smooth Caribbean flavored Jazz” Dave Luhrssen - Shepherd Express

“Fine ear food, Balmy calypso tunes, Energy-infused
Feast for the musical taste buds” C.E Hanifin – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Bright dance rhythms, User friendly melodies,
Superb striking trumpet solos, Musical beachcomber" Dave Tianen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Visitors to his rhythmic island will have a hard time sneaking their worries
and inhibitions past the good time guard at customs.
Spicy, horn-fueled melodies, captivating” Jim Hoen - Visions

“Hippest trumpet player alive, Bring your dancin’ gear and
beach tongs to his fantabulous island!” Padraig Fionn - Steppin’ Out

“Jamaica is everywhere beach music… Michael Horne - Downtown Edition

“The Flamingos might be plastic, but the island beat is genuine...
heat quenching toe tapping tropical rhythms.”
Sarah Stoll - Leblanc Bell Magazine

“Invitation to a tropical party...style and energy” James Bryce - VSM

“Unique talent, contagious laugh and his horn...has contagious melodies! Joel Burbach - Artesian Water


www.drakemusic.com 1-414-769-2001 www.getzen.com 1-262-723-4221


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Vernon Howard is the director of bands and Jazz studies at TU and has been the director of Jazz studies at Interlochen in Michigan for the last 27 years. We were in school and bands together when I lived in Tulsa, he uses an adjective you might or might not be aware of......
"VIDIOT" the way someone looks when they do too many video games. Many of todays musicians have this blank look on their face.
A major problem with the musicians today, as we had discussed at length, is that most of the kids today have never been in any kind of band other than school. When we grew up we were in bands learning what it took to play before we had the school band experience.
Another point, some top profs at NorthTexas school of music have decided not to teach because a lot of the new students entering this field had no street experience and expected to be taught from the beginning how to even be a musician.
The school band programs are important but if an educator goes from school to school for his education and never tries to make a living playing, recording and creating a venue that allows him to discover who he is musically with the entrepreneurial spirit that is required for true success and continued searching, hunger and yearning for passion, he suredly needs to at least stress the reality that the experience at this level is narrow at best. OOOOPS...Too deep you get the drift.

I just returned from a week residency at my alma mater the University of Tulsa, Oklahoma giving classes and preparing the Universiy big band for a concert at Edison H.S. where I graduated from in 1969.
I also judged 17 bands and they were all wonderful.....look out !
Charlie at Melk has made me available for a limited number of schools so I am just getting back to you. I would like to see you take advantage of the free-bee opportunity that Charlie is sending your way.
This Wednesday I will be at New Berlin H.S. from 11am to 3pm sharing some of my knowledge and attitude.

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Michael and his recordings:

"SAZZUNK"

Funky Monkey
Alone with you
Winters End
Somethin We did
Jamaica
Las Estrellas en tus Ojos


“It’s Nice In Paradise”

Toucan Play
Mi Casa
My Time
Coconut Waltz
Under A Moonlit Sky
Jazz Por Favor
Tortoise Shuffle
Suntan Man
Hangin


“No Tan Lines”

Lovin’ and Livin’
Please Don’t Love Me From a Distance
The Canoli Man
You Make A Difference In My Life
We’ll Be Alone OO-LA-LA
Joy Town
I’m A Dreamer
Island Stomp
A Little Bit Closer
Sometimes I’m Crazy
A Song To Sing
Perros Calientes

“Savor The Moment”

Don’t You Ever Leave Me
Ellisa
I Wish You Were Mine
Star Dance
If You’re Lookin’
Love Me
I’ve Never Been
Makin’ Time
When I’m With You



“Welcome To My Island”

Welcome To My Island
Never Gonna Leave You
Loretta
Bailando
Angel
Still In Love With You
This Is My Life
Lovin’ You Is What I Do
I Wanna Have Fun With You
I Got Your Number
She’s Good For Me

“Taste The Fruit”

The Girl In My Dreams
So Glorious
Drivin’ Me Wild
When We’re Not Together
We Can’t Lose
Never Go Back
Give Her Love
Don’t You Ever Lose It
Sundown

“Life Stories”

Dreams
Desert Mind
After Dark
My Family
Winters End

“Jessica”

Jessica
Little General


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“I Live my attitude” – Michael Drake

"Resident Master of Island Vacation Music….."

“...cures my cabin fever like a margarita slakes my thirst”
"The Pina in your Colada….." Tom Purdy – Just a fan

Magazines and News papers

"Tropical retreat...Spicy Latin beats....Good-natured sense of fun..." - Jazziz

"Michaels Island of the cheese and home of the brews....." - Downbeat
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“Drake's Caribbean sounds are fine ear food…"
"Balmy calypso tunes...”
"Energy-infused....”
”A feast for the musical taste buds….”
”…..drinking in the musical traditions of the islands”
“Tropical flavors infuse his breezy Caribbean songs.
C.E Hanifin – Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“A party...heavy on bright dance rhythms and user friendly melodies.” “Accessible...superb striking trumpet solos.
“Exceptional...playful !”
“A musical beachcomber"
Dave Tianen - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


“Visitors to the rhythmic island of Michael Drake will have a hard time sneaking their worries, inhibitions and musical limitations past the good time guard at customs.”
“….spicy, horn-fueled blend of Latin rhythms…”
“Captivating”
Jim Hoen - Visions

“One friendly guy.”
Michael’s music is devoted to greeting listeners and inviting them to sing along. And indeed it’s hard not to with all the fun radiating from his music!”
Alissa Buriss - Goings On

“Energetic... gregarious personality!” Jonathan - The Bay Viewer

“...the hippest trumpet player alive”
”Chase those winter blahs away”
“bring your dancin’ gear and beach tongs to Michael Drakes fantabulous island!”
Padraig Fionn - Steppin’ Out


“…… ‘JAMAICA IS EVERYWHERE’ beach music of Michael Drake
He shows a constancy, an ability to crank out straight-ahead danceable, crowd-enthusing tunes. Michale horne - Downtown Edition


“The Flamingos might be plastic in Milwaukee, but the island beat is genuine...heat quenching tropical rhythms.”
Sarah Stoll - Leblanc Bell Magazine

“…..toe tapping island rhythms.” Carole Smaglik - CNI Newspapers


RADIO STATIONS


“Warm weather music...considerably cheaper than a plane ticket to Jamaica”
Janet Rose - WMSE

“The journey is a trip through his Caribbean mind...
an invitation to a tropical party...style and energy” James Bryce - VSM

“Immaculate instrumentation!” Robert Gayle - WYMS

“A really nice sound” Ron Richards - WRJN

“Really execellent!...Energetic...A lot of fun!” Tony Scott - WAPL

“I’m going to play them all.” Norm Breest - WGLB

“A refreshing blend of quality jazz and island sounds”
Bob Midnight - WMSE

“The vitality of the music...the strength of the arrangements are superb!
A blending of culture and youth… wonderful !”
Margaret Odya - WOKY

“Once again quality music from Milwaukee. Good stuff!”
Bill Bruckner - WYMS

“Fabulous!” Don Rosen - WHKQ

“Get me on a ship and get me out-a-here!” Susan Orr – WYMS


“If you like island music with lots of sunshine, then you’ll love, like I do, Michaels music.” John Woody - WKTI


“A mover with a lot of meaning” Joe Grutza - WGLB





Others

“A unique talent for Milwaukee. Michael has a contagious laugh and his horn...has contagious melodies!...so much fun and you don’t have to go anywhere!” Joel Burbach - Artesian Water


“This is happy music!...It puts me in a great mood!”
Ellen Mcdonald - Hartland Music


“Stupendous!” Andy Meier - Hydro-Flo

“I really like it!” Mike Kostal - Up and Under Pub

“Michael brings out the free spirit in all of us!” Erin Anstett - Teezers


“Very well produced...Great job!” Marty Haack - Mainstream Records


“Dust me off! I’ve been sittin’ on the shelf much too long!”
Tom Purdy - Marketing Images

“Michael and his music brightens up our mood and spirits. Delightful music that we continue to get requests for”
Karl R. Kopp - Elsa’s

“I Live my attitude” – Michael Drake

"Resident Master of Island Vacation Music….."

“...cures my cabin fever like a margarita slakes my thirst”
"The Pina in your Colada….." Tom Purdy – Just a fan

Magazines and News papers

"Tropical retreat...Spicy Latin beats....Good-natured sense of fun..." - Jazziz

"Michaels Island of the cheese and home of the brews....." - Downbeat


"The Ultimate vacation spot"
…melodically inventive”
….a surfeit of catchy tunes.” Jack Stryker - Vivid Scenes Magazine

“Milwaukee’s resident calypso master” Jaff castelaz - Downtown Edition

"Milwaukee's Caribbean Dance Desciple" “Endless summer”
Tedd Lookatch - City Edition

"Milwaukee's Calypso King" Venessa Mosher - Sheperd Express

“...music derived from the Caribbean with its fantasies of balmy moonlit nights, sun-splashed days and margarita-enhanced hoofing”
Tim Forkes - Sheperd Express

“Sterling playing”
"Melodies as crisp as white sails against an azure horizon of rythm....
Aural replication of warm sun, tropical drinks and paper umbrellas...
“….a creamy drink blended from one part Latin rhythms, one part Jamaican rhythms and one part smooth Jazz.”
“Endless Holiday….
“Caribbean flavored Jazz”
Dave Luhrssen - Shepherd Express





"The Ultimate vacation spot"
…melodically inventive”
….a surfeit of catchy tunes.” Jack Stryker - Vivid Scenes Magazine

“Milwaukee’s resident calypso master” Jaff castelaz - Downtown Edition

"Milwaukee's Caribbean Dance Desciple" “Endless summer”
Tedd Lookatch - City Edition

"Milwaukee's Calypso King" Venessa Mosher - Sheperd Express

“...music derived from the Caribbean with its fantasies of balmy moonlit nights, sun-splashed days and margarita-enhanced hoofing”
Tim Forkes - Sheperd Express

“Sterling playing”
"Melodies as crisp as white sails against an azure horizon of rythm....
Aural replication of warm sun, tropical drinks and paper umbrellas...
“….a creamy drink blended from one part Latin rhythms, one part Jamaican rhythms and one part smooth Jazz.”
“Endless Holiday….
“Caribbean flavored Jazz”
Dave Luhrssen - Shepherd Express


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