Has it really been one year since I first entered into the wonderful world of drumming? Wow, does time fly, especially when you’re having fun! I’ve done so many things that were never mentioned in my job description that I guess you could call me a “Julianne of all trades”! I knew that working at Experience Drums would teach me new things. Little did I know that participating in my first drum convention would be lead to yet another one of life’s golden training sessions!
In February of 2012, Evan called me up and asked if I would like to come to help him out at a clinic he was giving at the Day of Percussion asponsored by Virginia’s Percussive Arts Society chapter. I jumped at the chance to get out of town and there I was in March, ready to lend a hnd. I was supposed to be handing out Evan’s clinic programs and providing him with general assistance. This seemed simple enough. However, one thing I can tell you is that when you work with Evan, things often change. And boy did they!
Daniel Glass, one of the Nation’s up coming clinicians was the big headline artist for the event. A drumset had been rented and various members of Evan’s PAS Chapter were supposed to be around to set the kit up and get it ready for Daniel to play by Showtime. To be honest, Evan was supposed to coordinate that with his chapter members. Did he? Let’s just say that I got the biggest surprise when I went from rookie to roadie! I was astonished when Evan handed me an object that resembled a little capital “T”, better known to all of you drummers as a drum key. He then surprised me a second time by asking if I would like to help in the tuning of Daniel’s drums. Now, I knew nothing about tuning drums! And here I was holding this drum key, attempting to get all kinds of drums ready for the main guy! Luckily, plenty of PAS guys were around to help. They took the time to show me the tricks of the trade. We all grabbed a drum and twirled those drum keys!
I can still see myself squatting on the floor, key in hand, struggling with this one “demon” of a drumhead. When Evan introduced me to Daniel. Oh God, this was not the way I wanted to meet him. But there I was on the floor, looking up at this fantastic performer. I was so embarrassed that I wanted to screw myself into that drumhead! I quickly realized that Daniel could care less which way I was meeting him. He was as friendly and genuine as could be.
In about an hour, Daniel Glass was on the stage, rocking that auditorium! Every drum sounded great! I watched him present his clinic on the evolution of the drumset and I couldn’t help but think that I was watching history in motion. The audience was speechless. His performance was incredible. This was a drum clinic that would be remembered for a long time because of Daniel’s sincerity and passion.
Later on that evening, with my nerves just a distant memory, I had a chance to reflect on what I had learned from my first drum event. I learned that it took a lot caring people to make an event like the Day of Percussion run smoothly. The PAS team taught me that. I also learned that great artists can connect with an audience of one hundred or an audience of one. Daniel taught me that. Perhaps the most important lesson I learned is that when one is surrounded by a lot of love and patience, even a newbie like me can accomplish amazing things! Thanks PAS guys. Thanks Daniel. I wont forget you. After all, you never forget your first experience.