Sales Associate Guitars
Joined in
1997
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'Every cymbal is a ride cymbal. Every cymbal is a crash cymbal. I only have two. Two is enough...'

-Roy Haynes'
Musical Education

I've been studying drumming since the age of ten, I feel it's important to read music so you can teach yourself, Books I've been working from lately: Stick Control, Advanced Funk Studies, Accents and Rebounds, Other practice tools: the closest metronome I can find, my RealFeel practice pad, Pandora Radio, There is a book out there by Victor Wooten called 'The Music Lesson', this is a must-read for any musician regardless of which instrument they play, highly recommended

Musical Interests

My drumming/Music influences include Matt Chamberlain, Keith Carlock, Steve Jordan, Steve Gadd, Rick Marrotta, Jim Keltner, Prince, James Brown, DJ Shadow, Jim Chapin, George L, Stone, and many others

Favorite Bands

Currently listening to:, Critters Buggin, Trans Am, Massive Attack, Sean Wayland, Steve Earle, Floratone, Bill Withers, Elvis Costello, The Mighty Imperials, JJ Cale, the flaming groovies

Favorite Instruments

All things drums and percussion

Current Band(s)/Gig(s)

I have a busy performance schedule, currently working with Dan Conrad, Big Mumbo Blues Band, The Working Spliffs, Karrie O'Neill, Cursive Wires, The Eddie Haskell Jazz Trio

Category Expertise

Drums & Percussion > Acoustic Drums > Snare Drums, Drums & Percussion > Electronic Drums > Electronic Drum MIDI Controllers, Drums & Percussion > Acoustic Drums > Acoustic Drum Sets, Pro Audio > Microphones > Live Microphones, Pro Audio > Microphones > Recording Microphones, Drums & Percussion > Cymbals > Ride Cymbals, Drums & Percussion > Acoustic Drums > Specialty Drums, Drums & Percussion > World Percussion > Hand Percussion, Sound & Recording Cards / Audio Interfaces, Pro Audio > Live Sound > Live Sound Packages

Michael (Sug) Tschirgi
Sales Associate Guitars

Certified in: Accessories, Drums, Guitars

My MI Retail career began in 1989 at Music World here in Spokane, Washington... that was a great music store! I learned a ton from Mark Morse and everyone else there. After relocating to Seattle in 1997, I was hired as part of the Grand Opening crew at the first Guitar Center in the Northwest and the 27th nationwide. I was part of the still legendary drum shop crew in Seattle. I spent 10 years in the Seattle/Portland markets. In 2007 I relocated to Chicago to train drum salespeople in 40 stores over a ten state region. Now I'm happy to be back in my hometown!

Along the way I've had the opportunity to do many things for GC, including sales, opening new stores nationwide, internal product training, developing training materials, designing displays, and much more. I've been to over 80 Guitar Centers across the country.


I've been to many factory trainings/tours including Roland, Drum Workshop, Zildjian, Sabian, Vic Firth, Vater, Evans/D'Addario, Remo, and Yamaha.

It continues to be a great ride... I love gear, people, and I'm here to help-