Who is he?
And why does he make such damn good gong mallets?
I used to imagine he was a little tiny fairy who grew up playing the ear drums in a magical forest band
, and one day decided to bless us humanfolk with mallets that were our size. But I was wrong. After copious research that included entering his name on Google, I discovered these tidbits ABOUT MIKE BALTER!
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A percussionist and drummer based in Chicago, Perhaps Mike was a Cubs fan? Perhaps he was upset that Sammy Sosa corked his bat and that is why he makes such good mallets?
Mike was acutely aware of the need for quality mallets. As we all are, without a good gong mallet, you are never going to succeed in business, love, or in the shower at the gym!
Drawing upon his years of experience as a professional percussionist he has developed the most extensive and finest line of quality mallets.Got a Great Gong?
You need a great gong mallet!
As a player, Mike Balter has performed for the National Touring Company of such Broadway hits as "A Chorus Line", "Pippin", "Dancin'", "Annie", "Evita", "They're Playin' Our Song", "Jerry's Girls", "Beatlemania", "The Wiz", "Joseph", "Dreamgirls", "Best Little Whorehouse", "Grand Tour", "Pirates of Penzance", "42nd Street", and "Cats" to name a few.
The list of stars Mike has played with include such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Bette Midler, The Pointer Sisters, Melissa Manchester, Nancy Wilson, Patti Labelle, Doc Severinson, Pearl Bailey, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, Steve Allen, Steve & Eydie, Dean Martin, Bobby Vinton, Eddie Fisher, Rich Little, Carol Channing, Marvin Hamlisch, The Letterman, The 5th Dimension, Helen O'Connell, Kay Starr, Rosemary Clooney, Buddy Greco, Frankie Laine, Vic Damone, Eddie Arnold, Stephanie Mills, The Smother Brothers, Tex Beneke, Sammy Kaye, Kate Smith, Roger Williams, Kaye Ballard, Robert Goulet, Ann Jillian, and many many more.This list kinda makes you feel like a slacker compared to Mike, don't it?
As a player, Michael's enthusiasm and dedication to total perfection has earned him a well-respected name in the music business. Mike ain't as cool as Charlie Watts but hey respect is good too.
This same enthusiasm and dedication to perfection has established Mike Balter Mallets as a leader within the percussion and music industry.
So that's who Mike Balter is!
And why he makes such damn good gong mallets!