Drumm Beats Own Path to Jazz Title

By Monica Williams Courtesy of the Talon

In a competition traditionally dominated by larger schools, senior Mason Drumm snatched the title of Oklahoma’s Outstanding University Jazz Musician of the Year, an honor given by Oklahoma Music Educators Convention to the most qualified student musician in the state.

This is the first time an OC student has won the statewide award.

Drumm was “discovered” at his middle school by OC professor of music Dr. Heath Jones, who was also a clinician working with school bands.

“He was a strong Christian when I met him,” Jones said. “He said, ‘You work at a Christian university? I always wanted to go to a Christian university.’ I said, ‘Well, look no further.’”

Drumm, a Bible major, not only has the gift of music, but the gift of ministry. He speaks of a love for God partnered with a love for people that keeps him wanting to teach wherever he plays. Although he has played in many venues, his primary passion is clear.

“Even though I’m a musician, I feel like God is calling me to focus my attention more on ministry. What’s great about ministry is that it can be done anywhere and everywhere, and it should,” Drumm said. “As I’m out on a gig, I’m also building relationships. And my hope is that through drumming I might be able to talk with people about Jesus. This is especially needed in the music culture that I’m a part of. Plus, I love drumming for God.”

 



Spring 2012

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