Michael Wayne Garner is a Sound Designer, Composer, and Percussionist from San Diego, CA, currently based in Redmond, WA. He holds a Bachelors’ of Arts in Music and Sound Design from DigiPen Institute of Technology. Michael has 15 years of live performance experience with symphonic bands, marching bands, and jazz bands alike. He actively gigs with the DigiPen Jazz Ensemble headed by the school’s Music Department Chair, Bruce Stark. Michael plays best with a drum kit and any percussion instruments he can get his hands on.
Michael enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in October of 2013 where he learned the core values of honor, courage, and commitment. Still serving until October 2019, Michael is transferring his professional experience from the military into his work in game audio. Also known for his broad skills in music production, Michael goes by the alias “WHOMPER” where he makes EDM and Lo-Fi Hip-Hop. Always learning and growing, Michael plans to work in video games and music production where he feels most natural.