Hey guys! My name is Josiah and I'm glad I get to be a part of such a great company. Well, to start off, I'm a junior in high school and I play marimba in the front ensemble. I've been involved with music since middle school. I've been a percussionist ever since.
The funny thing about my story to writing music is that I stumbled across it. I was searching the internet for music (in general) and came across a free composition program called Musescore. So, I tried it out. I started off with writing for brass instruments and being a percussionist, I didn't know much about brass instruments. Through experimentation and what not, my pieces started to sound alright.
After marching band started (in August, 2012) I had a new desire to write music for percussion ensembles. That turned out a lot better. Writing for percussion ensembles comes very natural to me; it’s a lot of fun and a lot to learn at the same time! Because I am in highschool I still have time to continue to grow my skills as a musician and as a writer. I like writing music because music is my life, it is what I love to and hope to do for a long time.
"I was born with music inside me. Music was one of my parts. Like my ribs, my kidneys, my liver, my heart. Like my blood. It was a force already within me when I arrived on the scene. It was a necessity for me like food or water." -Ray Charles
I love that quote because it is so true for me. Music has been apart of me for a long time. So I hope that you enjoy my music as much as I do!
Comments from D'Rumpus
We're very happy to have Josiah as part of the D'Rumpus family. His writing is a production of experience and enthusiasm which we find to be quite refreshing. Having connected with him early in his career, we can't wait to see what the future holds for him and we're excited to be part of his journey!
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:
- Johnston County 2009 All-County Timpani (P)
- Johnston County 2010 All-County Timpani (P)
- Johnston County School District 2010 All-District Timpani (P)
- Johnston County 2011 All-County Snare (P)
- Johnston County 2012 All-County Snare (P)
- Clayton High School 2012-2014 Front Ensemble Section Leader (P)
- Clayton High School 2011 Greene Central High School Band Day Division AAA Grand Champions (P)
- Clayton High School 2012 Bunn High School Division AAA Grand Champions (P)
- Clayton High School 2012 Cape Fear High School Colt Classic Grand Champions (P)
- Clayton High School 2013 AIA PSCO Champions (P)
- Clayton High School 2013 WGI PSCO Champions (P)
- Clayton High School 2014 AIA PSCO Champions (P)
- Clayton High School 2014 Band: Most Outstanding Junior (P)
- Clayton High School 2015 AIA PSCO Champions (P)
- Clayton High School 2015 Band: Most Outstanding Percussionist(P)
- Clayton High School 2015 Band: John Philip Sousa Award(P)
- Clayton Middle School (P)
- Clayton High School (P)