Fourteen year old rocker helping other
follow their dreams in music
What can you say about a slammin
rock drummer that's only fourteen years old? Maybe
the most surprising part of Bryce's story, is that
he learned to play the drums by playing a video game.
At age 10, he got the game Rock Band and instantly
discovered that he had a natural talent on the drums.
So four months later, his dad bought him a real drum
set. He began by playing to tracks at home, and posted
videos of himself drumming to them on YouTube. About
the same time he also also posted an ad on Craigslist
trying to find some kids his own age to play with,
and attached some videos to it. That is when Paul,
the bass player from the band Rough Shot, found him
and sent him a message.
Paul had wanted Bryce to come to some gigs and sit
in for a few songs. Bryce and the band had interacted
for a few months, and soon Rough Shot’s old guitar
player had to go to college and leave the band. The
drummer at the time moved out on guitar, and Bryce
soon hopped in as the full time drummer in Rough Shot.
Over the past year, they have brought others into the
show with them as well. But most importantly to his
success, is the fact that he has surrounded himself
with good people. People that teach him right from
wrong, and show him the ropes in the business. He always
tries to treat people the way he wants to be treated
and also likes to give back to people his own age,
because of his luck, and from what people have taught
him along the way.
Some of his influences
Without so many people’s help, he
truely feels he would not be where he is today. When asked
about some of his influences he says "To me are Rich
Redmond of The Jason Aldean Band, Tracy Broussard of Blake
Shelton, and Benny Puckett, of the band Big Engine. Rich
is a great guy, while I was just starting out with Rough
Shot, him and I talked over YouTube, about him playing
and his experiences, and about how I was just coming up.
He has helped me so much during my career, teaching me
many things. I have really taken to his drumming style
a lot, watching him play. Now whenever he has a concert
down here, we hook up all the time. Tracy is another great
drummer. We have talked on Facebook for a long while now,
and just recently connected when Blake Shelton came down
here. He is an awesome guy, showing me around his kit,
how he has his click set up, and equipment he has on stage.
He puts on a great show as well, and I have taken from
his style to in my playing. Benny, last, but certainly
not least, is a monster behind the kit. He is also an endorser
of DMR Custom Drums, as am I. On top of his superb playing,
he completes insane stick tricks! If you see me performing
any trick, it is from him. But I do not have his skills
to do some of the crazy stuff he does haha… All
these guys are great and I am one big mash of these three
drummers. Thanks much guys!"
Bryce now at age 14 has taken pride in
helping other young musicians follow their dreams in music.
He and his band ROUGH SHOT help kids and have them on stage
during shows to show off their talent. Bryce likes to give
back the chance he was given by the members of his band
when they first let him perform on stage. Bryce says "without
that first chance by my band-mates who knows what I would
be today? I owe it all to them" You can find Bryce all
over South Florida playing every weekend with his band