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Sticks of fire
By: Isaiah Escobar
February 28, 2017
Quan Cobb was already sitting in the middle of the drum room, about ten minutes early, eating his Burger King and “tapping” on his drum pad. He was practicing traditional grip and different ways to teach it to the upcoming marchers; he has been working with the Etowah drumline for about two years now and every year he tries to push us further.
Quan Cobb’s first introduction to music was through his high school’s marching band program. He originally started off in the “pit”, or front ensemble, playing the auxiliary instruments. Auxiliary instruments are the additional instruments at the front of the band that bring “color” to the music through cymbals, maracas, and various mallet instruments. He was placed there throughout all of his freshman year and was later moved into battery, which are the drums that march on the field, for his sophomore year. “As much as I loved playing in pit, I enjoyed playing battery much more,” said Quan. He ended up playing the tenor drums for the remainder of his high school career.
“I loved everything about band! I couldn’t have seen myself doing anything else in high school,” proclaimed Quan as he proceeded to eat some of his fries. After high school, he immediately sought after joining Atlanta CV, a drum corps, and tried out for the tenor line. A drum corps is a musical marching ensemble that uses a drumline, pit, brass instruments, and a color guard. This however ended quickly as CV wanted to put Quan in pit. Quan not wanting to be put back in pit began to pursue a musical education through Reinhardt.
“It would have not been easy balancing both school and Atlanta CV,” said Quan. “A corps takes tons of dedication and practice, while college requires study and attentiveness; I couldn’t have done both.”
Quan, while in college, needed a little extra money; thus, he began to search for a part time job teaching high school student’s percussion music during the marching and concert seasons. This landed him a job working for Mr. Long, where he would help teach the percussion their marching music during football season and lead the percussion during the spring.
“Teaching you guys the pieces is not the easiest thing in the world,” said Quan. “It has caused me to learn and change my teaching style many times, but at the same time I enjoy seeing the finished product come together and seeing you guys progress,” he added.
Quan, over the last two years with the Etowah drumline, has learned better ways to teach all the different types of learning styles that our drumline possesses. Whether some students need little more one-on-one lessons on technique and rudiments, or, whether student just need help with their show music, he was able to adapt and meet those needs to teach the music efficiently and coherently