Around 7th grade I started listening to blink-182. my favorite song was first date, I loved the drum intro it sounded so cool. I looked up the drummer, his name was Travis Barker. He is the reason I became a drummer. I bought my first pair of drumsticks later on and wanted to learn how to play the drum fill at the beginning of the song. It took me quite a while to get it down since I didn’t have a drum set at the time, but with practice I eventually got it down.
When I got to high school I really wanted to play drums in the marching band. I didn’t really need to audition to join because it was a small group at the time. I started out playing bass drum 3 and over time I moved up to snare sophomore year. By my junior year I wanted to move up again, this time to tenor drums.
Tenor drums was the most challenging, physically, emotionally, and mentally. There was this girl who was a year older than me, she was suppose to teach how to play them. For some reason she didn’t really like me, in fact she hated me. I don’t know why she hated me but it was a real struggle learning from and playing with her for a school year. There were even times when I wanted to quit because of her. But I didn’t care. I knew that eventually these drums were going to be mine. So she graduated and I became a senior and the Tenors were mine, I felt so happy. Band Alumni have told me I have become a good drummer over the years and feel so great about it. Never let anyone bring you down. Like Travis Barker just Drums Drums Drums.