Michael Balter is the President and founder of Mike Balter Mallets, one of the largest mallet manufacturers in the world. A graduate of DePaul University in Chicago, he used his experience as a first-call professional percussionist, drummer, and educator to develop his extensive line of mallets. Balter joins several of his percussion teachers – Louie Bellson, Bobby Christian, Roy Knapp and Al Payson – in the PAS Hall of Fame.
In addition to his success as a business entrepreneur, Balter has performed in National Touring Company productions of Broadway shows, including A Chorus Line, Pippin, Dancin’, Annie, Evita, The Wiz, Dreamgirls, Pirates of Penzance, 42nd Street, and Cats, to name a few. He has also played with such luminaries as Frank Sinatra, Barry Manilow, Dionne Warwick, Bette Midler, Nancy Wilson, The Pointer Sisters, Patti LaBelle, Marvin Gaye, Doc Severinson, Pearl Bailey, Johnny Mathis, Dean Martin, Marvin Hamlisch, Rosemary Clooney, and many more.
For sixteen years, Balter served on the PAS Executive Committee, including an unprecedented eight consecutive terms (1991-2006) as PAS Treasurer. He also served many years on the PAS Board of Directors and Board of Advisors. In 2007, Balter received the PAS “Distinguished Leadership Award”, to date the sole recipient of this honor.
PASIC15 Hall of Fame Induction Video