The beats of a drummer provide the framework of a band. Some people liken them to the spine of a book or the foundation of a house. This makes a drummer a significant segment of a band. In essence, he causes the "beat to go on." This writer is not speaking of any drummer, but Detroit's own Drummer Ron Otis. Who is this guy? What makes him tick? More importantly, what makes his drum "roll?" Hang around and find out.
At age five, drum sticks were placed in the hands of Ron. Five years later, he was playing in his church, and within six years, he was entertaining audiences in clubs. What an extraordinary journey! Why am I telling his story? He can tell it better!
Ron grew up in Detroit, went to Osborn High School on the east side of Woodward, a street that runs north and south, basically cutting the city in half. Today, Detroit is over 77% African American with music dominating its artistic culture.
Establishing a Drum Voice