Wyatt may be one of the younger members, but we have always been impressed with his dedication and maturity. A quick learner and a desire for excellence is exactly what we look for within all of our members, and that is exactly Wyatt brought to the ensemble during his first season back in 2011. With many more years left of performance, Wyatt will continue to be a great example of what it means to be a member of INFINITY Percussion.
For more information about this stellar member, check the Q&A below:
What made you audition for the ensemble initially?
My sophomore year of high school, a friend of mine mentioned that I was pretty good at cymbals and told me about INFINITY. As is in my nature, I researched them and was instantly amazed. A former alumni of my high school, John Budzynksi, had auditioned and made cymbals a few years previous. Consulting with him gave me the increased confidence to go out and audition.
How many years have you been with INFINITY and what keeps coming back year after year?
I've been a member of INFINITY for the past 2 years, starting at the age of 15. From the first day I hit the floor for rehearsal, I was hooked. The amount of knowledge surrounding me from the membership and staff was unbelievable. I instantly felt a part of the INFINI-Fam, and it became my second family. The bond felt within the ensemble is unreal. I love performing with INFINITY.
What do you remember most about your first season with INFINITY, and what changed since then?
Audition day 1 was a big surprise. I thought I knew a little bit about cymbals, but was certainly wrong. I'll admit, the beginning of the season was a challenge. The amount of information I had to process and put into action was tremendous. It wasn't until about mid-season where I actually "got it". I can't really explain what happened, but it led to me earning the "Most Improved Battery Member Award." Going into the third season with that experience under my belt helped exponentially. I've been able to change my focus from me as an individual, to the ensemble as a whole. I have developed a confidence in my ability and performance, which brings a whole new perspective to the activity.
What is your favorite thing about being a member of INFINITY?
Being a member of INFINITY has made me fall in love with performing. It lit a fire inside of me that I did not know existed. By nature, I'm normally a quite, reserved person, but INFINITY provided an outlet for performing that I didn't know I was missing. The feeling of performing with this amazing group of guys and girls is something I can't even put into words.
What suggestions do you have for the new members auditioning for the ensemble this season?
The growth and experience from the cymbal line in the past few years has certainly set the bar high this year. As INFINITY becomes a household name in the activity, everyone needs to bring their A-game. The same goes for the battery and the rest of the ensemble. The caliber of the membership has been amazing, and the only direction we're going is up. Be prepared for an unforgettable experience surrounded by some of the most amazing people you've ever met, doing the thing you love to do. You won't regret it.