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. 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, though several mentors (listed below) have helped him along the way. 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 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 and also runs the Secret Jazz Club.
Throughout Max's musical journey, he has had the opportunity to collaborate with many notable musicians including Wynton Marsalis, Kamasi Washington, the late Rashied Ali, the late James Moody, Sean Jones, Joanne Brackeen, Joe Lovano, Wayne Krantz, Eddie Gomez, Lizz Wright, Gerald Clayton, Cuong Vu and many others. He has also been a featured guest artist at the University of Virginia Charlottesville (UVM) and Whitman College.
Max would not be where he is today without his mentors both on and off the drum set. These mentors include Moc Escobedo, Scott Brown, Stuart MacDonald, Benny Green, Bertram Lehmann, Katia Roberts, Neal Smith, Ralph Peterson Jr, Bob Tamagni, Ernesto Diaz, Tyler Richart, Benny Green, Joanne Brackeen, and Lisa Holmberg.