I have been playing percussion for 15 years now and for all 15 years I have been trained professionally. I was very fortunate to study under Dr. Laura Franklin who was an understudy of Vic Firth himself. I am also honored to say that I have studied with people like Dr. Christopher Davis (North Greenville University), Henry Davis (understudy of Rick Dior) and Rick Dior himself (who extensively trained under Joe Morello), and local Drum Legend Scotty Thomas who also was a drum tech for Stewart Copeland when he was with The Police.
I grew up in a less fortunate household. This made pursuing my musical career difficult for many years. However, while I may not be a big name in drumming, I have worked very hard gigging often and giving lessons in order to single-handedly fund my education as a BA in Music with a focus in Percussion.
For over a year now, I have been the studio drummer at Noalynn Studio (which is in the process of becoming a label). I have been the studio drummer/percussionist for local hit band “The Menders” on their self titled and acoustic albums. While there are many more albums I have played on, I am proud to have been apart of the Web Series Eat Men Like Air as the studio drummer for the soundtrack. Also, I have tracked percussion for everything that “Scott Lowder and the Vapers” has put out (I’m also their touring drummer). This includes their cover of “Hello” by Adele which received over 6k views on youtube within the first month.
My band Morrowville after 10 months of recording has finally released our new album “The Deaf King” which received press shortly after being released. We were in the top 20 for the month of November 2015.
Currently, I have been building a career holding marimba concerts and playing drum set/percussion in churches since early November (Scheduling since October). I will also be giving percussion presentations in title I schools to teach less fortunate children about the beauty of percussion. My mother is an educator who inspired me to play music to better the world and teach children that regardless of their financial situation, there is always a way to pursue music. I have been scheduling for less than two months and I’m already booked until April.
February 15th – Ashbrook High School Percussion Presentation
February 21st – Brevard Community Church
March 6th – Parkwood Baptist Church
March 17th – Senior Percussion Recital
March 27th – Brevard Davidson-River Presbyterian Easter Service
April 3rd – Asheville Basilica Recital Presentation
April 23rd – Morrowville @CrownStation
Morrowville Mini-Tour with Hidden Hospitals – TBA
Morrowville shows – TBA
Drum Cover – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gk8zitgeI-Q
Drum Cover – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SCYDCm-D-3w
SLATV – Hello Cover – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5CQ9jqZfdBc
The Deaf King Album by Morrowville – https://morrowville.bandcamp.com/album/the-deaf-king
The Menders Self Titled and Acoustic albums – https://www.reverbnation.com/themendersnc/songs