If you have seen us live in the last 3 years, or heard our last 2 CDs, chances are very good that the first question you will ask is: Who is that guy playing drums and what did they do to make him look like a high school student?
Because our drummer is no ordinary high school musician. He is Marlon Harris, Jr. and he’s the most driven musician I’ve ever met.
I first met Marlon when he was 12 in the summer before he started 8th grade. He was already a fixture in the drum room at Guitar Center where you could find him playing drums for hours at a time. He didn’t have a great place at home to be able to play with power, so his Dad would take him to Guitar Center and patiently wait until he could drag Marlon away until the next time. I think Marlon looked forward to going to Guitar Center as much as most people his age look forward to going to Disney World!
I only needed to hear 10 seconds of his playing to know I wanted to have Marlon join the band I was forming a little over 3 years ago. I have never regretted bending the rules to let him in before he started high school. He’s as good a kid as he is a drummer and we love his energy and sense of humor as much as we love his skills.
Last week, Marlon got the chance he’s been waiting many years for when he was able to play in the Guitar Center Drum Off finals for the Midlothian store (you have to be 16 to enter). Even against several very talented, and older, drummers, Marlon WON!!!!!!
Now Marlon travels on the Quarterfinals in Rockville, MD on October 25. From there, he is possibly 2 stages away from winning the national competition! If you’d like to see how high Marlon’s goals are, check out some of the past winners here.
Marlon, we all wish you the best and we know you’ll give a great effort!
Please send us postcards and backstage passes when you reach your next level of fame.