Behind the scenes: Handles lighting and sound for the school’s jazz choir, Jazzmine, which has led to an internship and other concert and theater jobs from Bellingham to Enumclaw.
Looking to future: Plans to study audio engineering at Shoreline Community College.
Big rewards: Likes to work live shows more than in the studio because “people have those memories forever.” The responsibility is “an enjoyable kind of stress.”
Has the beat: Has played drums for 13 years and is a member of Deuce, “an on-and-off blues band” out of Seattle. Family has 8 p.m. curfew on practicing drums.
Booming along: Played 48-pound bass drum for marching band. Didn’t mind performing in the rain because it cooled him down when he was sweating, but it did make it harder to hold the mallets.
Favorite drummer: Neil Peart of Rush. “Nobody ever knows drummers.”
Favorite movies: “Drum Line,” “The Guardian” and “The Fast and the Furious.”
Going retro: For all his audio skills, he likes his old-fashioned stereo system at home. It was his father’s stereo in college, complete with a phonograph and old records. What’s on there now? “Boston, I think.”
Favorite groups: Santana, Chicago.
Savoring high school: Has enjoyed high school and wishes he had another year. Favorite part is the friendships and relationships with teachers and other staff.
Overcoming obstacles: Has a neurological condition called static encephalopathy, which affects visual, perceptual, spatial, fine-motor and memory performance. It makes it hard to get thoughts down on paper or take notes from a board. He tells teachers about it at the beginning of each year or semester. He works out accommodations when it makes sense, but says, “I try not to use it as an excuse.”
Able listener: His disability has taught him to use other senses to make up the difference. He’s a strong audio learner. Is very good at playing drums after listening to it played first.
Cool wheels: Drives a 1991 Dodge Stealth.
Favorite childhood memory: “Wrestling with my dad.”
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