Mike McAllister poses with his elaborate drum kit. (click for larger version)
March 10, 2014CUMMING, Ga. Local musician and drum instructor Mike McAllister joined greats like Louis Armstrong and Elvis Presley after he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame on Jan. 25.
As a skilled musician of all styles and genres, McAllister performs with several bands throughout the region and has been teaching for more than 30 years. Currently, McAllister teaches the art of drums to about 40 students a week at Music Authority in Cumming, 123 Merchants Square.
McAllister moved to Forsyth County after Hurricane Katrina washed away all his drums and musical equipment from his home in New Orleans.
McAllister moved to New Orleans when he graduated from Berklee College of Music in Boston with a degree in music performance. He joined Louisiana's longest running Southern rock and blues group, the J.J. Muggler Band.
McAllister recorded and toured with the group for more than 13 years.
J. J. Muggler Band has been based in the New Orleans area for 42 years. Members of the group inducted into the Hall of Fame are Calvin Huber (posthumously), Jude Lirette, Ricky Windhorst, Jay B. Elston, Michael (Mike) McAllister, Jan Windhorst, Wayne "Jumpin Johnny" Trosclair, Wayne Lohr, Vic Larocca, Ronnie Dobbs, Glenn "Kul" Spears, Tommy Chadwick, Hokie Gjertsen and current bassist Frank Girard.
According to the website, the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame's mission is to create a viable music industry for and in the state of Louisiana first by educating and enlightening citizens of the incredible musical contributions and heritage of its artists, writers, musicians and industry people who gave birth to and grew Louisiana's music.
For more information, www.louisianamusichalloffame.org.