President of Drum Bum
President of Drum
Donovan is a 35 year, career professional in the world of
drumming. He has played in hundreds of bands through the years
including some famous names such as Lee Greenwood, Faith Hill,
John Berry and others. He is the proprietor of popular gift
websites such as DrumBum.com and BuyGifts.com.com as well
as drumming sites like Drumming.com, DrumTips.com, DrumRudiments.com,
DrumChat.com and more. His life philosophy centers around
the Golden Rule and he is proud to run his company and his
personal life according to this principle.
has been playing drums for over 40 years. He started in 1975
when he was 13 years old. His father was a steel guitar player
and Mike played in several country bands with him before eventually
moving on to rock, R&B, and jazz.
While playing in numerous bands over the years, the natural
progression of wanting to be versatile and competitive eventually
led Mike to a world famous school in Hollywood, CA by the
name of Musicians Institute (P.I.T.). It was
there that he received an honors degree in percussion performance.
From 1987 to 1993 Mike played in local rock groups, BS&M
and Sketch as well as numerous jazz groups such as the Skip
Gailes Quartet, Frens, and a fusion band by the name of Secrets
that made quite a name for itself on the east coast.
Many name players filtered through Secrets including
Steve Wilson, Carter Beauford, Keith Horne and Tim Reynolds.
The next couple of years were eventful as they played esteemed
jazz venues and opened for such acts as Stanley Jordan, and
Mike's setup at a drum clinic in 2004.
1992 Mike Donovan moved to Nashville to pursue a major artist gig.
He landed the drum chair with legend, Lee Greenwood ("I'm
proud to be an American") as well as subbing for other major
artists like Faith Hill and John Berry as well as
Earl Thomas Conley, Vicki Bird, Denny Jiosa, The Cox Family and
others. He experienced playing major arenas, political conventions,
Las Vegas, and numerous TV shows over the next four years.
Mike and his wife decided to move back home in 1996 to start a family.
He opened Drum
Bum in 1999 and built an impressive network of drumming
sites and gift sites over the next 16 years. Mike also buys and
sells domains and teaches other businesses online marketing, all
under the umbrella of Kincal Enterprises (named after his daughters
Kinsey and Callie). He continues to freelance on drums and build
new business ventures. His greatest joy is spending time with his
kids and drumming
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