Drummer/percussionist Michael Gillan was born into the rich musical world of the San Francisco Bay Area. The youngest of seven children, his earliest influences came from his family's diverse tastes in music, ranging from Big Band Jazz to Frank Zappa, Memphis Soul and Motown to Folk and Country, and whatever was playing on popular radio of the 60's and 70's.
Relocating to his father's, grandparent's, and great-grandparent's home state of Montana in 1976, Michael has been a fixture on the Montana music scene ever since, playing with many of the most popular (and not so popular) local Bozeman area bands, as well as being called to perform onstage with world renowned artists such as The Drifters, The Platters, Huey Lewis, Tracy Nelson, Cyril Neville, and several others.
Refusing to be pigeon-holed into any one style of music, he continues to study and perform in a wide variety of genres, adding to the afore mentioned; Afro-Cuban, Brazilian, New Orleans Second Line, and Irish Folk.
Aside from his musical career as a drummer/percussionist, Michael was a professional Farrier for 18 years and, upon retiring from shoeing horses in 2001, took over management of a 6000 acre summer pasture cattle operation in the Bridger Mountains, where he lives year round with his partner of 35 years, Sarah.
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