Max Holmberg is a Seattle based drummer and educator. He first started getting to know the drum set at his grandpa's house at age two. Born into a family of actors and musicians, it's no surprise that the first music he remembers listening to is Count Basie. Max was primarily self-taught on the drum set through his time in the jazz programs at Eckstein Middle School and Roosevelt High School, though several mentors (listed below) have helped him along the way. Max then moved to Boston for four years where he completed his B.M. at Berklee College of Music. Upon completion, he returned to Seattle where he can be found performing in person and on the radio with many diverse projects and bands including the 200 Trio, The Arsonists, The Pacific Northwest Ballet School and the Kareem Kandi Band, as well as teaching out of his studio and at the Seattle Drum School. Max hosts the Sunday night jam session at the Angry Beaver in Greenwood.
Max’s influences range from traditional Malian/Guinean drumming to Brad Mehldau to Earth, Wind and Fire but what will likely best represent what people will hear at Vito's is Oscar Peterson, Ahmad Jamal, Jimmy Smith, Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Marvin Gaye, and Kurt Rosenwinkel.