Sakae Artist: Massimo Buonanno

Massimo Buonanno began playing drums at age 13 in his native Egnach, Switzerland and, as a prodigy he quickly created demand for his skillful playing in the local music scene.

The Rhythmind, produced by Massimo at age 15, was his first solo recording. Considered by his peers and mentors to be one of the best drummers emerging from Switzerland, Massimo played across the country with a variety of bands, and by age 16, he was already in demand as a session musician in Switzerland, Germany, Austria, and Italy.

Four times Massimo won The First Prize at the Swiss National Drum Contest. Participating in numerous Drumming and Percussion competitions since 1999.He also won The First Prize at the Best European Musician Contest; twice he was awarded First Prize at the Drums & More Festival in Austria; and he also won First Prize at the Jeff Porcaro Tribute Contest in Germany.

In 2005, Massimo attended The Drummer’s Collective, a world reknowned Drummer School in New York, on a full scholarship. He studied with several famous musicians such as Kim Plainfield, Ian Froman, and Marko Djordjevic.

The Berklee College of Music, Boston, awarded a partial scholarship for academic study to Massimo, which he completed in December , 2010. Dave Fiuczynski, Mark Walker, Dan Moretti, Oscar Stagnaro, Michael Ferguson, Eguie Castrillo, Jamie Haddad, Mike Mangini, Victor Mendoza, Dave DiCenso, Jeff Stout, Casey Scheurelle, and Susan Rogers left an indelible mark on Massimo’s ambition to be the best drummer he can possibly be in a career dedicated to collaboration, experimentation, and dedication to his craft.

At 31, Massimo Buonanno is an accomplished musician. His career achievements to date include more than 180 recordings, Multiple Award Winning Records such as Gold and Platinum and playing on different Hits at the Top of the Charts.

He is grateful and thrilled to have been asked to record and play for a variety of artists across the spectrum of music such as: Seven - Gregor Meyle - John Mayer - Myron - Johanes Oerding -Stefanie Heinzmann - Remady - Stephan Eicher - Lunik - Paula Cole - The Voice - Laith Al Deen - Alain Clark - Marc Sway -Denzal Sinclair and many many more

Massimo produced a short, 3D movie, titled Dualphasenstahl in cooperation with Kamerawerk, a Swiss production company, in 2010. This Movie was also shown at the Hollywood 3D Filmfestivals in 2010. 3DEE described the movie as follows: Dualphasenstahl (that's pronounced doo-al-fah-zen-shtahhl), would suit the genre of Industrial Music rather perfectly: Anvils, pipes, and upturned steel buckets become impromptu musical instruments that are hammered and clanged upon to create a song that seems to be part Kraftwerk, part Stomp...with the additional bonus of a drum kit set on fire. It's a fantastic piece that made its way around the entire 3DeeCentral studio, as each person who watched it made a point of running over to someone else insisting «you have to see this!, and soon the entire office was clanging along with the video.

Massimo's Trilogy Set-Up


Sakae’s proprietary Maple/Poplar/Maple 3-ply shells are at the heart of Trilogy’s vintage sound. 4-ply North American Maple reinforcement rings at the top and bottom of the shell help to dry the sustain and keep the ultra-thin shell in round.

  • Vintage Club Oyster
  • 22 x 14 Bass drum
  • 12 x 8 Tom
  • 16 x 16 Floor tom
  • 14 x 6.5 Snare
  • 12 x 6 Snare

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Massimo's Almighty Birch Set-Up

Almighty Birch

The legendary Birch sound, with a staggered ply construction, has been a top studio choice for years!

  • See Through Black
  • 22 x 18 Bass drum
  • 10 x 7 Tom
  • 12 x 8 Tom
  • 14 x 12 Floor tom
  • 16 x 14 Floor tom
  • 14 x 6.5 Snare
  • 14 x 6.5 Steel snare

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