I’ve been drumming for pretty much as long as I can remember. I’ve always had a fascination with percussion and the rhythm section, but it wasn’t until I got my first drum set for Christmas at age five that my passion really came to fruition. When I turned seven, I began to take formal lessons. However, after several years, I started to get a little bored of just drumming by myself without other musicians (and their instruments), thus I took a break for nearly a year.
Creating a musical skit with my friend, a pianist, got me back into it. It reminded me how much I love being behind the kit! Then, we discovered a new School of Rock (a music school where you play rock music in a band) had opened up nearby. Having always been a rock n’ roll fan, I immediately signed up.
At that time, I also began to explore other musical styles and soon found out how much fun it is to play jazz and swing. This led to my discovery and admiration of Gene Krupa (swing drummer and father of the modern drum kit). Along with him, I admire John Bonham (Led Zeppelin’s drummer who knows how to be both technical and emotional in his playing) as well as the recently passed Neil Peart (Rush’s drummer known for his very technical skills). Their styles and roles in the musical world will always influence me and my playing.
I’m still as passionate about drums as when I got my first kit, and School of Rock has really let me expand and experience playing with other musicians. I’m really thankful to all of them!