Happy Father’s Day, Drums and College

A big old happy Father’s Day to all you out there…especially those of you that are fathers!

So I’ve been really interested transcribing music lately. This isn’t in the sense of transcribing things from guitar to piano, but in the sense of listening to a song and writing down the music…in notation. I really want to do a lot of it to examine various drummers and their styles, first mostly of the rock genre, but then to move on and challenge myself to do some transcribing of genres that I’m pretty unfamiliar with…such as latin and jazz. I’m also thinking about doing a few full albums, such as Busted Stuff by the Dave Matthews Band, Crash of ’47 by Atomship, Anchor Drops by Umphrey’s McGee, or any other really impressive CD drum-wise. THEN, once I’ve written the music down, I’ll learn to play it all! YEAH!

I’ve been contemplating college more and more recently. My two main priorities for selecting a school are a) Percussion program and b) financial situation. After school got out for summer I took a campus tour of Washburn, which was more impressive than I expected it to be. I always knew the average, “Yeah, it’s Washburn,” attitude, and was really surprised by the dorms, the fitness center, and some of the newer classrooms. I also met with Dr. Morgan, the percussion instructor, who I already know. At the beginning of July, my family and I are going to venture down south to check out the University of North Texas. Yeah, this place is 28,000 students huge, so I have no idea how I’ll feel about it since I’ve never been around a really big school like that. However, UNT has one of the top percussion programs in the nation. Another couple of place I want to check out are North Colorado, University of Missouri-Kansas City (UMKC) and Berklee.

As of late, there is a woman at my church who is very eager for me to check out Yale. Ha, Ivy League is for those with money. Ha, I just looked up their percussion degrees: solo marimba/percussion, orchestral percussion, and contemporary chamber music. No thanks, Yale!

Anyway – I still have a lot of time to be deciding I guess.

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3 Responses to Happy Father’s Day, Drums and College

  1. Heather says:

    “Anyway – I still have a lot of time to be deciding I guess.”

    Man, I’m already feeling the pressure of needing to decide soon. I’m kind of worried I’m going to pick the wrong place. What if I do and then waste a year of my life there? The most major decision in life I’ve made as far as education goes is what classes I’m taking next year, and I always know those can be rearranged if need be. Anyway, I hope you are able to go wherever you can best fulfill your amazing potential!

  2. FADI says:

    if you go to the wrong place you go to the wrong place and then you go try somewhere else and hope for the best. It is quite a big decision but you are not wasting time because you are figuring out who you are what you want and where you fit in. Don’t worry about choosing somewhere that doesn’t work out just choose the place that you feel is right for you at the time. it may not be where you end up.

  3. Heather says:

    Thanks Drew! I always appreciate your insights! My thoughts were more that if I go somewhere that wasn’t where God wanted, then I’d feel I’d wasted part of this life he gave me. I know He uses mistakes for good in the end, but I’d rather just do what He wants the first time.

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