2022 Drum & Guitar Competition at Cactus Jacks
Article from Ahwatukee Foothills Newspaper
An Interview with Competition Facilitator, Office Manager Jessica Magee.
Tell us about this Competition
This is the 4th year we have held the drum competition. It started as an idea from one of our instructors, Mr. David, as a chance to honor and give the drummers their own special day. As our student body has expanded, we've had more and more drum students involved each year.
How long does it take to plan a competition?
Preparing for the competition takes upwards of a month and a half or two. We want to allow time for all students to prepare a song and feel comfortable performing it for a live audience and panel of judges. We make sure all the songs are edited to the allowed time frame and get the awards ready to go for the day of. Creating the flyers, registration and promotion included. It's a process but one well worth it!
This year you moved the competition to Cactus Jacks, tell us about that decision.
What is your favorite part about these events?
My favorite part of the competition is hearing each student's growth from their previous performances at the studio, whether it be at recitals or past competitions. To provide a positive musical experience for them is a gift. I love the comradery amongst the students, how they get to hear what other students at the school are up to and make connections with one another. The energy in the room and positivity was palpable throughout the afternoon and it's just a pleasure to be able to be a part of it all. We are so lucky to be surrounded by such a wonderful musical community at MMW.