A different beat
I put a blurb in our hospital brochure that said I played the drums, and a client of mine who's in a local band, Overhead, saw it and said he was looking for a drummer. I told him I had no experience. He said, "There are only three qualifications: You don't need to make money, you don't need your mother to drive you to practice, and you aren't on drugs or alcohol."
When you're listening to someone else play, you think it's easy. But it's not. The band took me in and really taught me how to play. It has been an interesting trip. Luckily, I've fallen into some nice opportunities. For example, this experience with Overhead set me up for Projectile.
We primarily play at conferences. We've opened for Chicago, Clint Black, and REO Speedwagon. I've met the drummer for REO Speedwagon, Bryan Hitt, and his drum technician, John Aldridge. He's going to set me up with Todd Sucherman, the fantastic drummer from Styx.
We practice once a year. Ideally, we'd practice every week for six months before a show, but we adapt well. Dr. Angela Lennox from Indianapolis sings and plays keyboards. Dr. Dale Peyroux from Hammond, La., plays bass. And John Sullivan (rhythm guitar), Jamie Carrol (lead guitar), and Jennifer Garrett (vocals), all from Idexx Laboratories, provide our musical backbone. Kevin Vasquez, CEO of Butler Animal Health, plays banjo and also provides backup vocals.
Music takes my mind off of things and opens up a whole different part of my brain.
Veterinary Economics presents: The Projectile Project
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The top 10 finalists will be notified by July 1, 2007, that they've been picked to audition live with the band at the 2007 CVC Central in Kansas City, Mo. And they'll get 50 percent off of their CVC primary registration fee. The winner will perform live with Projectile at the 2007 CVC West in San Diego.