Michael "Drew" Powell graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University in 2016 with a bachelor's degree in music performance. He was included on the Spring 2015, Winter 2015, and Spring 2011 Dean's Lists. He is known as BYU's Beatboxing Flautist, and performed at the University Unforum in April 2015.
In July 2014, he was accepted into the two-week Paris Flute Class at the Ecole Normale de Musique in Paris, France. While there, he was the winner of a performance competition, and received a $500 Da Capo Performance Prize. His tuition for the program was funded by the Laycock Center.