Before I was born, my dad was a professional drummer. He would travel a lot, playing different concerts and shows. He even played at the 1992 Grammy Awards with Mariah Carey! I really looked up to him. I’ve always wanted to follow in his footsteps, since I was a small child. This was how I initially took an interest in drums. Later on, I was able to watch the movie “Drumline
.” That was really where my path changed. I just fell in love with marching percussion.
Eventually my dad became very sick, always in and out of the hospital. It was extremely hard, but I wanted to make him proud. That’s when I decided to start playing myself. I joined band, and never looked back. I love my dad, he is my inspiration. He is why I play.