Stephen Mixson

Inspiration from Someone My Own Age... Tony Royster!

My game changing moment would have to be when first saw the Tony Royster Jr. and Dennis Chambers, Common Ground VHS. I was about 12 or 13 and had never really seen someone my age playing and killing drums like that professionally. I had felt pretty good about myself and my drumming up until that point. That VHS really showed me that I had a lot to learn and challenged me to practice even harder. I wanted to do whatever I could to become a young professional musician like Tony. I even set my drums up the same way his was set on the VHS. From time to time I still go back and watch that tape. It still inspires me to keep working hard. I know that someday my hard work will pay off!

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