Monday, July 16, 2012

Sauders Sermons Interview: Band as a Good Outlet

Sauders Sermons Interview 7.16.2012

Saunders Sermons
3124 Gillham Plaza, Kansas City, MO 64019 at the headquarters
Miami, Florida
Where do you live now?
Atlanta, Georgia
What instrument do you play?
Trombone, Singer
B.A.C. Best American Craftsman custom Trombone
How did you get exposed to music?
I started playing in my grandfather’s church, was playing drums, at 3 years old, and an older cousins that was about 15 years older, took me under his wing… then I picked up the trombone at 11.
Who were some of the most influential mentors as you were growing up?  
Mr. Tyrone O’Neil and Richard Beckford. They were my middle school and high school music teachers…and these guys lit the fire within me and inspired me.  
What is one of the most important lessons you learned?
“when I went to NY, my professor Jimmy Owens, a great Jazz Trumpet player, said, “Said make sure you can play any music style, and never get boxed in””
Who are some people you’ve enjoyed playing with?
I’ve had the privilege to play with … Roy Hogrow (jazz trumpeter), RNB saxophone player Mike Phillips, JZ, PDiddy, Mary J Blidge, recorded with Fantasia, and I got a Grammy with Maxwell. I’ve also played with Tyler Perry and now I’m touring with the Tedeschi Trucks Band.
When is the show here in KC
The show is tomorrow night, 7/17/2012 at the Uptown Theater, in Kansas City, MO.
What are you working on now?
I’m working on new project, called Alpha. I already have a jazz vocal project called Classic Delight, itunes,, and CDBaby.  
How often are you gigging?
“For the last 6 years, I’m gigging constantly, from January to December … about 4 nights a week.”
What advice do you have for young kids considering joining band?
My advice is “I think band is a good outlet for young people who are creative; even if they don’t play forever, at least they’ll always have an appreciation for music and an ear for good music… they’ll go to different concerts because they were exposed to music.”
One day…
The more successful I have an opportunity to become, I just want to keep helping little kids more and more, and help get them to where I am.

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