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Michael Shrieve

Kennedy Hall of Fame member Michael Shrieve shown at left accepting induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Carlos Santana said, "I owe Michael a lot. He's the one who turned me on to John Coltrane and Miles Davis. ... He opened my eyes and my ears and my heart to a lot of things. Some drummers only have chops, but Michael Shrieve has vision. Michael is like a box of crayons; he has all the colors."
Mr. Shrieve has played on, written, and produced albums that have sold multi-million copies worldwide.

Recording credits include: Mick Jagger, The Rolling Stones, Pete Townshend, Steve Winwood, John McLaughlin, Freddie Hubbard, Jaco Pastorius, Bill Frisell, and Jonas Hellborg.

His outstanding work has been cited in The New York Times, Downbeat magazine, Billboard magazine, Modern Drummer, Musician, Paris Match, Life magazine, Drum magazine as well as numerous European publications.

As the original drummer for Santana, Michael at nineteen was the youngest performer at Woodstock.

"Fame comes and goes but it is not the measure to which we should aspire."

"For me it all started here at Kennedy. I grew up about 4 blocks from this school. {One day} I passed the band room and I didn't play anything ... the drum section was right inside the door. (After watching for awhile) that day I went down to the carpet store and bought 3 carpet samples and I went and bought some drumsticks ... and that was the day I started playing drums. My life changed ... it was as if - before music and after music."

"I urge parents and teachers and schools not to turn your back on music, or the (rest of the) arts."

Quoting Albert Einstein: "Not every thing that can be counted counts - and not everything that counts can be counted."

Michael Shrieve: "That sums up the way I really feel about this ... there are a lot of things that really matter that you can't judge on a test score. As parents and educators we've got to shift our focus from those numbers so we can get in there and get to the good stuff!"

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