“Why do you want to play the steel pan drums?” Freddie Harris II asks me.
I look at him, and I think to myself, “Why not?” Then I take a moment, and I say, “Because I want to culturally diversify myself–I want to take a stab at something new–and well because I was asked to leave the school band in the 4th grade, because I squeaked too loudly on the clarinet.”
“Good enough for me,” he says.
Freddie Harris II is Freddy Harris III’s father. And he’s an awesome teacher. They both took me–a complete novice to the steel pan drum—and taught me how to play a scale, harmonize, and “march.” Together, we all had a great time.
Hmm… Maybe steel pan drumming is my future… or … maybe not–with bloopers like this one:
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