Max Holmberg is a Seattle based drummer, bandleader 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. Although several mentors (listed below) helped him along the way, Max was primarily self-taught on the drum set through his time in the jazz programs at Eckstein Middle School and Roosevelt High School in Seattle. 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 currently resides and can be found performing in person and on the radio with many diverse projects and bands including the 200 Trio, The Arsonists, the Eric Patterson Band, The Pacific Northwest Ballet School, Alex Dugdale Band, Jacqueline Tabor Jazz Band 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, the Student Jam Session at Egan's, and the Secret Jazz Club.
Throughout Max's musical journey, he has had the opportunity to gain personal experience and knowledge from many notable musicians. Some highlights include performing clinics at Berklee College of Music with Joanne Brackeen, Eddie Gomez, and Wayne Krantz, a performance/rehearsal at Lincoln Center with the Roosevelt High School Jazz Band and Wynton Marsalis, workshops with Gerald Clayton, Joe Lovano, the late Rashied Ali, and the late James Moody, a performances and recording with the Roosevelt Jazz Band and Cuong Vu, among others. In addition to these artists, a special thanks goes out to Benny Green, Neal Smith, Katia Roberts, Ernesto Diaz, Tyler Richart, Joanne Brackeen, Stuart MacDonald, Moc Escobedo, Lisa Holmberg and Scott Brown for going above and beyond in helping mentor Max as a musician, drummer and human spirit.
His current goals include perfecting the composition side of his career to form his own standalone band by late 2019, recording the next 200 Trio record, founding an organization to support the jazz jam session/education scene in Seattle, adding an electronic component to his percussion arsenal, and continuing to devote time, love and energy to the art of the drum.
"...you can do it all, man. If you looked up jazz drummer in the encyclopedia, there would be a picture of you. Wherever I hear you, you sound fantastic. It's like you can do anything...and you look great playing too."
-John Gilbreath, Director, Earshot Jazz