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Mike Portnoy

Bands: Dream Theater, The Winery Dogs

Genres: Hardrock, Progressive Metal

Michael Stephen Portnoy (* April 20th, 1967 in Long Beach, Long Island, New York)
Mike Portnoy, born in Long Beach, New York in 1967, is best known for his work with the progressive metal band Dream Theater. His intricate drumming techniques and complex time signatures have made him a standout in the genre. Mike Portnoy is a drummer’s drummer. He’s not only a performer, but also an educator, sharing his expertise through instructional videos and workshops. If you’re interested in the technical aspects of drumming or the progressive rock genre, Mike Portnoy is a must. Here’s his drum setup.

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Tama Starclassic Maple

  • 2x 22″ x 18″ Bass Drum
  • 14″x5.5″ Melody Master Signature Snare Drum
  • 8″ x 7″ Tom Tom
  • 10″ x 8″ Tom Tom
  • 12″ x 9″ Tom Tom
  • 14″ x 5.5″ Tom Tom
  • 16″ x 16″ Floor Tom
  • 16” x 16” Floor Tom
  • Octoban Low Pitch (7850N4L)
  • 20″ x 18″ Bass Drum
  • 12″ x 5″ Melody Master Signature Snare Drum (MP125)
  • 13″ x 5″ Single Head Tom Tom
  • 14″ x 14″ Floor Tom
  • 16″ x 16″ Floor Tom
  • 20″ x 14″ Gong Bass Drum
  • Octoban (OCT600 & OCT536)

Mike’s Drum Gear