Mike Vanderhule has been teaching in the South Bay for over eighteen years now, specializing in all styles of drumming while emphasizing reading, advanced technique, recording, playing to a click, and also understanding polyrythms and feeling odd meters.
Mikeĺs own education includes studying with Steve Smith since 1992, lessons with Alex Acuna, Carl Allen and other local drummers. Mike Vanderhule won awards playing in his High School bands and as a member of the De Anza College Jazz Band.
Mike Vanderhule has been playing professionally since 1983. Currently Mike Vanderhule is drummer and producer for a new Northern California pop-rock band Seven Reasons.He also joined legendary California rockers Y&T in June 2006. His experience also includes:
Member of Sacramento, Ca. based rock band SoulMotor, including ex-Tesla bassist Brian Wheat and ex-UFO guitarist Tommy Mclendon. Their self-titled debut album on CMC International Records sold worldwide. They played shows with Kid Rock, Courtney Love, Staind, System Of A Down, Ted Nugent, Megadeath, Night Ranger, Sevendust and Sammy Haggar, as well as touring as the opening act for Def Leppard.
Member of San Francisco based blues/rock band The Russell Brothers. Featuring ex- Whitesnake, 707 and Taxi Guitarist Kevin Russell. Played on latest record entitled Movin' On. Played shows with Huey Lewis and the News, John Lee Hooker, Steve Morse, Night Ranger and Roy Rodgers. Alumni drummers include, Narada Michael Walden, Steve Smith, Andy Dorshuk (editor of Drum magazine) and Kevin Hays (Robert Cray Band). Also, playing big scale corporate functions around the country with the San Francisco based showcase band Big City Revue.
Recorded three albums and toured internationally with guitar virtuoso Michael Lee Firkins for Shrapnel Records. Cactus Cruz (1996), Chapter Eleven (1995) and with Firkinsĺ former band The Howling Iguanas, self-titled (1994). Also performed at the NAMM show (L.A.) for Peavey, and the European NAMM (Paris) for Yamaha.
As a freelance artist Mike Vanderhule has performed with John Denver, Neal Schon (Journey), Steve Lukather (Toto), guitar prodigy Larry Mitchell (Tracy Chapman, Billy Squire, Ric Ocasek). He recorded with Jesse Collin Young (Youngbloods), Mickey Thomas (Starship) and new country artist Shelly Streeter.