Saturday, December 1, 2007

Ten Years in the Making

Today marks my official 10-year-anniversary of drumming. On December 1, 1997, I had my very first drum lesson with Phil Coury in his basement. He let me borrow an old pair of chewed up drum sticks until I could purchase my own (thanks for being an awesome teacher, Phil!). I still have one half of those first drum sticks I bought myself. I practiced on the snare, then moved to the kit. I purchased my first kit from a distant cousin--a Tama Imperialstar. Since then, I'm the proud owner of a late-60s Ludwig kit in sparkle green with an OCDP vented snare drum and wide variety of Paiste cymbals, and recently purchased my first hand drum.

Here's some highlights of the last ten drumming years:

- I played The Who's Baba O'Riley in my senior homecoming assembly, sung by a quirky social studies teacher named Mr. Dudas. We did the entire song, fiddle solo and all. I did a huge drum solo and split my right hand open on my floor tom's rim, bleeding all over the place. Keith Moon would have been proud.

-I have saved almost every stick I've ever broken over the past ten years in a large mailbox that is currently sitting under our computer desk (the mailbox also has a shredded Paiste splash cymbal). Someday, when I'm ridiculously famous, the broken stick collection will be worth at least 20 bucks on Ebay.

-While at Multnomah, I had the opportunity to play in a few worship bands, meeting some of my favorite college-year friends. My best friend, Brian, eventually married one of those friends. Before moving to Arizona, I had the opportunity to lead worship through drumming for Coram Deo Fellowship with Brian's wife, Kristy.

-In high school, I lost a Guitar Center Drum-Off competition to a 10-year-old girl. I still believe that I was much better, but the judges were influenced by her cuteness.

-I recorded drums for a few of my college friends--Erik Sutten, Charlie Barker, and Ryan Lane. You can actually listen to and buy Ryan's album here (I'm the drummer for tracks 1, 6, and 11). If I had the opportunity, being a studio drummer would be a very cool career.

-I had one of the best experiences of my life playing drums in Japan for a high school camp hosted by Malachi Ministries. I got to worship God through music with some of my favorite people. I also ate some strange pudding that caused an allergic reaction and took me out of commission for about 24 hours. But good times overall!

I love playing the drums!


  1. Play some "Clubbed To Death" for me.

  2. Cam, I am humming "Clubbed to Death" for you as I type this. Happy birthday!

  3. Hey Joel you are so awesome. I think you are the most amazing drummer of all time.

  4. Today is the 21st aniversary of me not playing the drums ever! what a coinsidence!!