Describe your freshman experience in college thus far. How has COVID-19 affected your experience (positively and/or negatively)? I have enjoyed it so far. You are busy in college, but its the fun type of busy where you enjoy what you are doing. I have been writing/producing at least 2 songs a week and always coming up with ideas for new projects. COVID has been bad and good; it sucks that we cant have face-to-face lessons and ensembles, but with everything being virtual, it allows much more free time during the day for other things.
List some of your most notable musical accomplishments during high school:
Center Snare at Lambert High School
2-time GSU Marching Band Competition Champion
2-time WGI Semi-Finalist
Share a brief story of one of (or some of) your favorite musical accomplishments: I remember after my prelims performance at WGI Championships in Dayton, we had a near-perfect run and we were walking up the hill. Everyone was yelling! It was a cool moment. We ended up placing 4th in music, behind Center Grove, Ayala and Chino Hills.
How did private lessons help prepare you for your future career (and post-secondary education) in music?
My private lessons helped me prepare because I knew what pieces to play and it helped me get better in the concert world of percussion (as my high school was mostly focused on the marching side). It was also helpful to know what to practice to iron out any bad habits that I had and get better at the pieces I was playing.
How would you compare your progress from our very first lesson to our very last one together? At our last lesson, it was cool to actually see how far I had come as a snare drummer. We nearly got through the entire Peters advanced book [in our final couple months of lessons]. At my first lesson, I had not even heard of Mitchell Peters... or that a triple bounce roll was a thing. I will now teach my future students that consistency and quality is better than speed or anything else.
As of now, what is the dream job you want in the future? I want to pursue a career in Music Creation and Composition.
Please be sure to check out Chase's performance at our Virtual 2020 Senior Spotlight Recital on Saturday, September 26th at 7:00 PM EDT!! Saturday's event will also a fundraiser for the LIFT Music Fund. This organization provides micrograms for underrepresented music students to offset the cost of incidental music expenses. When speaking with Chase, here are a few of the essential items he and his family paid for to support his music career from 2018 - 2019: