How many years have you performed with INFINITY, and what initially made you audition?
I have performed with INFINITY for two amazing years: vibraphone in 2011, and marimba in 2012. I auditioned because I wanted to expose myself to the marching percussion world and be a part of something great. As a clarinet major in school, I never got to experience that side of music.
What keeps you coming back to INFINITY year after year?
Being able to perform at a World Class level with an extremely talented group of people is an indescribable feeling. That is what keeps me coming back to INFINITY - I can't get enough of it.
In what way has INFINITY helped you grow, both in and out of the drumming world?
I have grown tremendously as a musician, and as an overall person in the time I have been with INFINITY. My only experience with front ensemble instruments prior to INFINITY was my senior year of high school. I fell in love with percussion and just wanted to learn more. INFINITY provided the information I needed in order to become a stronger mallet player and percussionist. As a member, I also learned an incredible amount of life lessons from both the staff and members at INFINITY, such as to doing everything to my fullest potential.
What is your favorite thing about being a member of INFINITY?
I always learn something new, every single rehearsal. I look forward to all the knowledge that is passed down to us by our incredibly devoted staff.
What do you remember most about your first season with INFINITY?
The most vivid memory I have from my first season with INFINITY (2011) was the first competition we had that year. Hearing the announcer say, "INFINITY, you may take the floor in competition" for the first time gave me goosebumps. I also don't think I have ever smiled that big before, hah. Looking back, I think the ensemble has grown a lot, especially the front ensemble. We push each other to our limits every time we are together in order to achieve both our personal and common goals. From day one there was a sense of passion from player to player. I loved every second of it.
As a member of the front ensemble, what suggestions do you have for the new members auditioning this season?
To all those auditioning for the front ensemble, just keep an open mind, stay relaxed, and be prepared. Also, bring snackies.