Name: Grayson Leslie
Location: New Jersey, United States
Hi! My name is Grayson Leslie, I’m thirteen years old and music is not what I do, it’s who I am. Ever since I saw and heard my older sister play the drums, there was no question to me, that I too, wanted to play the drums. I started playing in fourth grade; where I was often told by many boys, that since I was a girl, I could not play the drums or do anything more than just bang things with sticks. Little did those boys know, that all the hurtful words only made me want to prove them wrong. Those words became my driving force to keep on going, eventually, leading me to the drum set and becoming section leader in my middle school band and jazz band. As Bono once said, “music can change the world because it can change people.”
Music has definitely changed me into the person I am today. Some of my major musical influences are Van Halen, ABBA, Blondie, Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, but, most of all, my drum teacher, Sam Ruttenberg. Sam inspires me everyday to do my very best and has made an impact on my life. In addition to drumming, I also love to act and perform on stage. I hope, in the future, to combine my two passions on Broadway and play live drums in my role. My music will tell you more about me than I could ever verbally tell you about myself. Listen a while, and hopefully, the music will change you just as it has changed me.