"It's not that I am an artisan who created the original drum, but a dedicated craftsman who has an understanding of the material & passion for sonics. I am on this lifelong journey as a passionate drummer & engineer, who desires to asist others in creating a pleasing atmosphere."
Under his Wing
"I picked up the drums in 5th grade through an after-school program and continued all through high school. I struggled in the traditional classroom due to a visual processing disorder. Shop & Music empowered me to listen & take a bottom up approach to life. One day my percussion teacher handed me a raw Counter Hoop and asked if I wanted to paint it, the pivotal moment connected my two interests allowing me to express myself in a new way.
Start with what you have
I later landed a job working for a specialized wood supplier where I assisted with the musical drum shell devision. My first week on the job I was sent out to deliver shells to some band on tour named Poison. The drummer Rickey Rocket & his tech. Bobby "Tango" Gibb had converted an airstream trailer into a workshop. Here we were hanging behind the tour bus and the duo were building custom drums on the road. I realized it doesn’t take a bunch of sqft or fancy machines to create something truly unique & special.
While I enjoyed my work, I was hollow on the inside just as the very drums I was building. I began filling the void with a self-indulgent "rock star" lifestyle.
A regular named Roger (Battlefield Drums) often stopped in for shells & I noticed something was a bit different about him. Regardless of life’s trials he wasn't empty like I was, often saying "I am blessed" in a cheerful manner. I had no idea what it meant, but that little phrase stuck with me.
While I did not grow up in a "Christ centered home" I surrender my life to Jesus Christ in 2009 after a series of events. Life is certainly no walk in the park, though I can cheerfully say the void in my heart is filled, "I am blessed".