"It's not that I am an artisan who created the original drum, but a dedicated craftsman with an understanding of the material. I am on this lifelong journey as a passionate experiential educator with a desires to help others create an atmosphere for meaningful change."
Under his Wing
"In 5th grade I was given the oppertunity to learn drums through an after-school program, I continued through middle school, high school, & a bit of higher education. The traditional classroom was a struggle for me 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, it was a simple task that connected my two interests."
Start with what you have
"I later was hooked up with a job working for a specialized wood supplier where I assisted with the musical drum shell division. They sent me out my first week on the job 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 special."
"While I enjoyed the work, I was hollow on the inside just like the very drums I was building. I began filling the void with a self-indulgent "rock star" lifestyle, though in reality I was passively committing suicide.
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"."