Michael Wilford


Michael Wilford is a drummer and songwriter who is passionate about performing and teaching music. Michael grew up playing drums in the rich and diverse musical network of Northern British Columbia, where he was inspired and taught from a young age by many musical mentors including Mike Doogan-Smith, Leslie Jean McMillan and the dynamic father-son duo of Richard and Jake Jenne.

Michael spent his childhood performing with a variety of artists in musical styles ranging from folk/fiddle music to jazz, pop, rock.

In 2015 Michael moved to Victoria to study drums with Damian Graham through the Victoria Conservatory of Music’s Chwyl Family School of Contemporary Music. Michael was fortunate in the mentors he found himself surrounded by in Victoria, incredible musicians like Daniel Lapp, David Visentin, Louise Rose, Joey Smith, Colleen Eccleston and Andreas David, who have shaped and educated him. He graduated in 2018 with a diploma in Contemporary Music Performance.

Since moving to the island Michael has found success pursuing music as a profession and can be found touring the province and country on a regular basis. He is a prolific songwriter and a popular sideman who has performed all across Canada.

His teaching philosophy reflects his belief that a drummer should be a musician first. He loves helping young musicians start their journey by learning the fundamentals and to be musically literate.

Michael teaches online on Thursdays.