Raised in Columbia, South Carolina, Michael J. Calamas is a percussionist and composer known for his passionate performances and creative compositions. He earned his Bachelor of Music in Percussion Performance from the University of South Carolina in 2021, studying percussion under Dr. Scott Herring and composition under Dr. John Fitz Rogers.

Michael has had the privilege of performing with esteemed ensembles such as the USC Symphony Orchestra, USC Wind Ensemble, and Carolina Wind Symphony, among others. He also gained valuable experience as a member of Carolina Crown, a top-tier drum and bugle corps, learning from mentors Thom Hannum and Jim Ancona.

Following his undergraduate studies, Michael was appointed Assistant Director of Bands and Director of Percussion full time at Irmo High School International School for the Arts, a magnet school right outside of Columbia. 

In the realm of composition, Michael has contributed to the percussion repertoire with pieces like "æther 6," premiered at the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), along with works like "Nhiyr," "Mechanisms," and "Ego Death," which skillfully blend electronic elements. His compositions have also made an impact in the competitive marching band scene, enhancing productions with his thoughtful writing for battery and front ensemble.

In the entrepreneurial sphere, Michael co-founded Wildlight Publications, a music publishing company dedicated to promoting innovation and diversity in music. He is also a founding member of The Wildlight Collective, a percussion ensemble focused on presenting new chamber works from a variety of composers.

As of 2024, Michael has returned to the University of South Carolina School of Music to begin his MM degree in Percussion Performance full time. There, he is a member of The Collective, a contemporary chamber ensemble under the direction of renowned cellist Claire Bryant.