Greg Power’s drumsticks blur as he beats them across his quad drums in Kimbrough Hall before marching band practice.
The WSU junior earned the title "fastest drummer" this July at the Drum Corps International (DCI) Southwestern Championship in San Antonio, Texas, with 923 single drum beats in one minute — 12 faster than last year’s record, according to Drum Corps Planet.
“I wasn’t actually going to compete in it at all, but my friends said, ‘You have to do it. We’ve seen you play pretty fast before,’” Power said as he leaned back with his hands still rested on the drums.
As part of the Seattle-based Cascades Drum Corps drumline, Power traveled to marching band competitions during the summer. DCI also holds individual ensemble competitions, and the fastest drummer is under that category.
Outside of drum corps, Power plays in the Cougar Marching Band and his other instrument, cello, in the WSU Symphony Orchestra. He is working on a music performance major with an emphasis in percussion.
When not in class, he is practicing the drums or cello.
“(Power is) dedicated,"said Vincent Rhinehart, a junior political science and music double-major and fellow drumline player."He’s a hard worker and he always pushes himself to be better.”
Power’s favorite practice technique is drumming on a practice pad, often while watching TV.
He is the only drummer in his family but not the only musician. Both his parents play instruments and his brother also studies music at WSU.
Originally from Houston, Texas, he started playing the drums prior to living in Pullman, he said. Before starting middle school, he moved to Pullman, and in high school he began taking lessons from the WSU professors.
“I was always one of those kids who liked to hit things,” Power said.
He still learns from his professors, and his fellow students inspired him to march in drum corps.
In addition to his involvement at WSU, Power writes and produces electronic music.
He said he does not know exactly what he wants to do with music, but he thinks he wants to perform and eventually teach.