Michael Elliott was born in Camillus, NY. He began playing classical percussion in 4th grade and joined the West Genesee High School marching band in 9th where he had the opportunity to learn from Michael Stachnik and Jess Reaves. In 10th grade Michael began to learn drum set by playing along to some of the simpler Rush and Dream Theater tunes. In 2008 Michael started attending the State University of New York at Oneonta as a Music Industry major. There he took lessons with Dr. Julie Licata, Robert Lipari, and Blake Fleming in classical percussion as well as drum set. In January of 2009, he joined the band Spire and is currently promoting their latest release: Discovery as well as teaching percussion/drum set lessons in the Albany, NY area.