Drums came into my life when I was 11 years old. I remember sitting in the back of the car and telling my father that I wanted to learn the drums. I didn’t know why I wanted to learn, it just seemed right. I spent the first 3 months on a 5-gallon bucket, then another 3 months on a practice pad. After 6-months of hacking away on these, my father bought me a used drum kit. I had that kit for a long time, until I went to college.

I continued to play kit at college, but started to focus more on orchestral percussion. These studies led to a lot of great gigs. I performed at music festivals in Washington, D.C., North Carolina, California, Switzerland, Germany, and Japan. And after 12 years of practice, practice, practice… I found my way to Carnegie Hall. Here’s a picture of me on stage:

Carnegie Hall 1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

And here’s the concert poster:

Carnegie Hall 2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The New York Times even wrote a review.

I particularly enjoyed the last paragraph:

“I like virtuosity not for the sake of virtuosity but because it’s dangerous,” Mr. Boulez said before conducting “Sur Incises.” The talented young players of the Lucerne Festival Academy Ensemble clearly enjoy living on the edge, hurtling through the riotous landscapes of “Sur Incises” with that rare combination of reckless abandon and polished professionalism.

It certainly felt that way at the time. Being completely absorbed in the moment, watching an auditory future unfold from some vague map inside my head. Nothing compares to having that feeling of “reckless abandon” while simultaneously knowing that I am contributing something of value to the world.

Thank you for reading through my indulgent reminiscences and boasting. I just wanted you to know that these drum lesson reviews are coming from someone who has been around a bit.

If you are curious to know more or would like some advice regarding your own career moves, I would love to hear from you. Feel free to leave your questions below.