Sunday, July 03, 2011

Jimmy's First Concert in a real band

Many of you now the passion that Jimmy has for music and especially for the drums. As a young lad he had always wanted to play the drums and his desire has never waived. He took piano for two years starting at the age of 3 and half, from a Russian Theorist, and learned piano so he could then learn drums, and here we are at age 9 a master drummer.

Jimmy saw a poster last year at one of his drum classes talking about Rock Band Camp and he immediately wanted to sign up, the problem, the camps are for kids age 12 and up. Jimmy thought these were 'not fair' rules and protested. Then this year we found a camp, The West Bank School of Rock, this camp was for 12-18 year olds. There was an intake interview, and a discussion with Jimmy's drum teacher who asked 'what is the focus of this camp?', and he replied that 'Jimmy already knows all of that and he is playing several years ahead of his age', and with that he was in!

The camp was one week, 5 hours a day and very focused. The first night Jimmy came home somewhat glassy eyed stating, ' wow I am tired it is hard playing drums and learning songs all day'. He had homework, which was to look up the drums notes for the song Purple Haze by Jimi Hendricks and listen to the song. He was a little concerned when looking at the sheet music stating " This is pretty detailed and there are some hard transitions", it looked like Greek to us. The next day we asked him if he needed the sheet music to bring to camp, " NoI looked at it and already know the notes, I got it".

The last night was the concert with his new band mates and in front of an audience, on the way to the show he told Tracy, 'I am not sure I can do this and my stomach hurts'.

He knocked it out of the park. His band mates were 17, 15, and 13 and they all refused to sing or talk so Jimmy ended up introducing the whole band. He was even the only one brave enough to try and sing. He wasnt sure he wanted to or even could do it but then proclaimed, 'what the heck, I'll give it a try'. Again, he blew it away. They named their band Crush and it leans heavy towards heavy metal.

The singer is his band instructor and what his facial expressions, you can tell when he makes it through a tough part and when he's in the groove and having a great time.

The Play List:
Purple Haze - Jimi Hendrix
What a Wonderful World - Joey Ramone
Blues Fusion - original composition by Crush
Hunk of Burning Love - Elvis Presley

And for an encore...
Back in Black - AC/DC

We are really excited for him and how much he learned in a week. We are proud of him and hope that he's proud of himself, he should be!!

Take a look:)