"One of my favorite things about playing in Montana is the opportunity to work with Mike Gillan. I've worked with some really great drummers-Joe Vitale, Willie Hall, Kenny Malone, John Gardner, and Ed Greene to name a few and Mike is as good as any of them. His timing is impeccable, he's terrifically intuitive and can nail any groove or genre, and he LISTENS TO THE SINGER! You can't do better than Mike."
Grammy nominated vocalist Tracy Nelson
Formerly with Mother Earth
"Mike Gillan is living proof that one doesn't need to go to the major music centers of the U.S. to find a great, versatile drummer. We are lucky to have him here in Montana. I always enjoy working with him"
Guitarist Bill Dwyer, formerly with Pete Anderson, Dwight Yoakum, Jim Lauderdale, Rosie, Flores, Pam Tillis, Chris Ledoux, The Mavericks...
" Mike Gillan is not only a charming Irish fella with a sharp wit and great demeanor, he's a monster drummer. I have had the pleasure to sing standing in front of him, or maybe off to the side, but I digress, in Blues bands, Jazz bands, and Rock bands...and he brings the beat and keeps it coming."
Joanne Gardner-Chick Singer
Former SR VP Music Video Production, Sony Music
Manager, Rodney Crowell
"For many years now, I've had the rare privilege of working with Mike Gillan, drummer extraordinaire. This musician, and I mean that in the most comprehensive sense of the word, is exceptionally rare. His versatility, intuition, sensitivity, and phenomenal ears have earned him the title of the go to drummer in our region, for studio recordings, gigs, shows, lectures, and as a quality mentor for aspiring young players."
Prof. Eric Funk
Composition, Montana State University School of Music
2002 Governor's award for the Arts
2007 President's Excellence in Teaching Award
2009 Distinguished Service Award/University Honors Program
2011 Innovation in the Arts
2012 Humanities Hero Award
"What I like about you is you don't over play the drums, but you PLAY! Man, you'd be taking all the gigs!"
New Orleans saxophonist Lance Ellis