MSFS Student David Rosenblum Discusses His Percussion Passion
By Thomas Patterson (MSFS 2012)
MSFS first-year student and percussionist David Rosenblum
In addition to being a full-time student, David Rosenblum is an expert percussionist and proud of it too! He practices and performs with Georgetown’s World Percussion Ensemble, and is all too happy to have guests come see him play. What’s the secret of his success? Time management, so he says:
MSFS: How long have you been drumming for?
David: Since I was two years old. I used to bang pots and pans on the kitchen floor in my family’s apartment.
MSFS: So your family knew of your interest at an early age?
David: Yes. They got me my first drum set when I was in fifth grade. Every student had to take music classes and select an instrument to play. My parents saw that I was always tapping on things, so they got me the drums.
MSFS: Why do you like drums so much?
David: Drums are the driving force of any song. They are also used by cultures around the world. They’re almost a universal instrument.
MSFS: When did you start practicing with the World Percussion Ensemble?
David: Well, I went to one of their concerts last semester. After the concert, I told Director Joe McCarthy that I was interested in playing with them. He told me to come to their practices. After a few sessions, Professor McCarthy passed my name on to Georgetown’s Mask and Bauble Performing Arts Company. They asked me to play drums for them in the orchestra during their February performance of Sweeny Todd. In the meantime, I continued to practice with the Ensemble. I performed publicly with them for the first time in early April.
MSFS: How do you find time to juggle all of these activities with a full load of classes and homework?
David: Part of it is priorities. I make the time to do what I like to do. And, a big part of it is simple time management.