It may be a cliché, but Michael Bellusci knows the exact moment he decided to become a musician. It was Sunday, February 9th, 1964. He was watching the Beatles perform on Ed Sullivan for the first time. The excitement that the Beatles generated, in his house alone, was cause for him to decide, at a very early age, that that was what he wanted to do for a living.
Michael seriously began his musical career by learning to play the guitar in 1968 using the “Mel Bay Way to Play Vol. 1”. Michael completed the entire book in one day; all of 4 chords. The Beatles song book followed shortly after that.
In 1970, Michael convinced his father to get Michael private drum lessons. Michael began his studies with legendary drummer Tommy Hatch, who was staff drummer at Radio City Music Hall. Michael has also studied with Sam Ulano, Rod Morgenstein, Justin Dicioccio, Frank Marino, Fred Klatz, and others.
Michael became a working musician at a young age and never looked back. He has worked with cover bands, including The Conglomowitz, a house band for a club in Bayside, NY. It was while in this band, working with former members of the hit Broadway Musical, Beatlemania, that Michael began also performing with members of The Broadway Cast of Beatlemania as Ringo. Michael has also played in tribute bands, including Strawberry Fields; club date bands including Hank Lane, Steven Scott, The Musicmen, Ken Michaels and others; orchestras such as The Nassau Pops, The Queens Symphony and The Long Island Philharmonic, as well as various musical theater productions.
Michael is also one of the founding members Jazz/Rock/Fusion group Get With It, which had some success in 1981.
25 years later, in 2006, Michael and Kasey Smith have re-recorded the original GWI material along with new material under the new name "Shock" using a Mac Book Pro running Pro-Tools. Michael played his Roland V-Drums TD-20S drum kit directly into Smith's M-Box interface with remarkable results.