Mike began his drumming journey deep in the forests of northern Ontario. It was here that he learned the language of the animals and was often observed wandering through the forest joking with squirrels, conversing with rabbits, and debating deer. His love for rhythm began at this early age too.Soon Mike was pounding out beats on his homemade drum kit, made from hollowed logs, rocks, stumps, and sticks. He would sit and play for hours entertaining the forest creatures and honing his skills. One day, after finishing an extra long drum solo, he meet a small grey pigeon who was passing through from the city. Peggy (as the Pigeon was named) told him of all that there was to do see, and learn, in the city, and told him of the great many other instruments and sounds that existed all around the world. This greatly excited Mike, and so, after mustering up all his courage, he set out on a great worldwide journey exploring strange new lands and discovering tons of cool instruments along the way. Mike currently lives in Toronto working as a session musician and private teacher. He studied music performance at both Humber College and at York University, and studied privately with the likes of Barry Elmes, Paul Delong, Rick Lazar, Barry Romberg, and Don Vickery among many others.


For thousands of years...

people have wondered about the mysterious Marshmallow Island. Legend says that it appears rarely but is essential to the world’s supply of marshmallows. 
Then the marshmallow people throw down an all night rave dance party and dance till their feet are sore. During this rambunctious event marshmallows explode out from the island in all directions and cover the ground surrounding the marsh. It’s then and only then that humans can gather the marshmallows of all sizes and bring them home for use at campfires, rice crispy squares, amores, and more.  
The Mallow plant commonly found in and around marshlands and ponds is a direct result of the seeding from these parties and the leftover marshmallows.
This story sparked a passion in Lorne Lampert, founder of Mystic Drumz, to search out and finally gain photographic proof of this auspicious event. Along this adventure Lorne finds and demonstrates unique and eclectic world beat Percussion Instruments and Drumz from around the globe. Follow Lorne, his pet frog Larry, and all his animal buddies as they retell the adventure that leads them there.  

Parents and Teachers

Enjoy the 16 YouTube mini series “The Legend of Marshmallow Island’ with your children and students, we have a lesson plan you can download from our website.