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A Tale of Two Joshes

Although I'll miss seeing these students on a weekly basis, I'm looking forward to witnessing their future accomplishments.

It happens almost every year. Longtime percussion students, in the blink of an eye, grow up and graduate from high school. Usually, this means they finish up at my studio as well, and are off to college. This year, there are two.

I've taught Josh Richie for  about eight years. Most of those years, Josh's lesson time was 7:30 a.m. on Saturdays. Yep. 7:30. In the morning. On Saturdays. For about eight years. This takes some serious commitment from any youngster!

Over those years, Josh has done such a great job becoming a well-rounded musician. In fact, on top of  all the percussion instruments he needed to learn and practice while in the Menomonee Falls High School Band percussion section (snare drum, drum set, marimba, timpani, to name a few), he started playing trumpet as well in his sophomore year.

As a percussionist, in and out of school band, Josh has stayed busy. In his sophomore year, he performed a Class A drum set duet with his brother and received a "1" rating. During Josh's junior year, he wrote and recorded a solo album. On it he sang, played guitar and bass guitar, and programmed the drum machine. In his senior year, Josh performed each of the percussion instruments in the pit orchestra for the school musical, "Into the Woods."

When Josh started band in 6th grade, he struggled to memorize a few musical scales for testing. Now, in his senior year, he's been presented with the John Phillip Sousa Award. It's a nationally recognized achievement given to those displaying superior musicianship, dependability, loyalty and cooperation. Well done, Josh!

Josh Fox is my other Menomonee Falls High School graduate for 2011.

Josh started drum lessons with me in 5th grade, while he was attending a parochial school. But the Falls public school band program starts in 6th grade. So, when he transferred to the MFHS for 9th grade and wanted to join the band program, he needed to work hard to earn his spot among students who'd been playing together for three years.

Work hard he did! He auditioned and made the entry-level Concert Band his freshman year. While in concert band he achieved 2nd chair seating. Quite an achievement, as Josh had never played in a school band setting. His sophomore and junior years, he improved again, elevating himself to the  school's Symphonic Band. While a junior, he composed an original drum-set piece for his band class' Solo and Ensemble competition, and received a "1" at State, the highest possible rating, for his performance of it. In his senior year, Josh took another leap forward when he auditioned for and made the highest band, the Wind Symphony. Josh did in four years what takes many band students six years to accomplish!

Since his sophomore year, Josh has been drumming in his own band, Cain & Abel. The band has played countless shows locally and in the Midwest, including a benefit for AIDS victims at MFHS, Cornerstone in Illinois, and was voted for via Internet polling and finalist judging, to play in the 2010 Milwaukee Warped Tour. In addition, Cain & Abel have released an EP and recently, their first full length album, "Successor," which has garnered some pretty positive reviews.

So, we have "A Tale of Two Joshes." Both are well-rounded, excellent musicians. Both have amassed quite a resume for high schoolers. Both have bright futures musically.

Although I'll miss seeing both of them on a weekly basis, I'm looking forward to witnessing their future accomplishments. Gentlemen, I'm proud of you both, and you'll be in my continued prayers!

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Susan Baganz June 13, 2011 at 07:29 PM
I think your post highlights what is most important in a musician = passion. It drives these young men to do the hard work and make the sacrifices. If they show that same tenacity to the work of their future, it should indeed be bright. Of course it doesn't hurt that they had the coolest drum teacher ever. . . :-)
Jim Kube June 13, 2011 at 08:36 PM
Susan Baganz: You're absolutely correct. Nice comments. Even the last sentence ;) Thanks! Jim
Awake! June 14, 2011 at 12:35 PM
Congrats to 'both Joshes' on their accomplishments! I hope they are blessed even more with recognition of their talents and passion for their music. Music reaches people, bridges gaps and tells stories like nothing else can so I hope they find the niche that suites them best. Pops used to tell me, "Dave...find a job you love and you'll never have to work another day..." hmmmmm...smart man. So here's to both Joshes never having to "work" another day. Keap on reaching. Keep on striving and never settle for the status quo. Great job on all of your accomplishments!!! @ Jim...Another great article. Your style of writing catches my attention and keeps it through the whole story. Great job!!! :-)
Jim Kube June 14, 2011 at 05:33 PM
Dave Kube: Thanks so much for reading the story. Once again, great comments. Very insightful. Thanks so much for throwing some encouragement towards the "Two Joshes." Also, thanks for the kind comment regarding my writing style. I'm glad you're enjoying my posts! Jim
Karen Richie June 16, 2011 at 03:37 PM
Hey Jim, Excellent article. Your amazing musical expertise is very much appreciated by your students but your ability to serve as a role model is even more appreciated by both your students and their parents. I'm guessing not a quality found in all percussion instructors. Thank you very much Jim. Congrats to the "Joshes" and enjoy the future "Josh's" that will travel through your studio door. God's Peace, Karen Richie
Jim Kube June 16, 2011 at 08:55 PM
Karen Richie: You saw the article already! I was just about to call you to let you know about it! :) Thanks so much for saying all of those kind words. They mean the world to me. You're so kind! It was such a pleasure working with your son all those years. He's such a great kid! Nice hearing from you, Karen. Again, thanks for reading and commenting. Keep in touch! (I've got a blog "in the oven" that I'm going to need your help on, if possible. I'll let you know when I'm doing that story. Credit will be given haha) Thanks! Jim
Josh Fox June 16, 2011 at 10:19 PM
Thanks again for the article Jim, it's really awesome!
Jim Kube June 16, 2011 at 10:35 PM
Josh: You are so welcome! I loved all the great memories that came back while putting the story together. Thanks for all your hard work over the years as well. It sure paid off, my friend! Jim
Rob June 18, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Big congrats to the two graduates! Best of luck to them in their futures, and hopefully with all the studying ahead, and later careers, they'll still find time to use the amazing talent they've cultivated under your tutilege. Best of success to Cain and Abel! It's great to see former students become accomplished and recognized musicians! Best of success to you Jim, in your continuing mission to cultivate and hone the talents of developing musicians!
Rob June 18, 2011 at 02:32 PM
Big congrats to the two graduates! Best of luck to them in their futures, and hopefully with all the studying ahead, and later careers, they'll still find time to use the amazing talent they've cultivated under your tutilege. Best of success to Cain and Abel! It's great to see former students become accomplished and recognized musicians! Best of success to you Jim, in your continuing mission to cultivate and hone the talents of developing musicians!
Lainie June 18, 2011 at 03:26 PM
Jim, What a terrific story! It proves the point that hard work and commitment to one's passions gives rise to great things! Josh and Josh also had another key element -- a dedicated teacher. Way to go Josh, Josh and Jim! Lainie
Jim Kube June 18, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Rob: Thanks so much for sending encouragement to both the Joshes. Who knows where their musical journey will take them? I know this: it's a bright future! Thanks as well for your kind comments. Appreciated! Jim
Jim Kube June 18, 2011 at 03:46 PM
Rob: Thanks again ;) haha Jim
Jim Kube June 18, 2011 at 03:54 PM
Lainie: Love the positive tone of your comments! You're always so kind. Thanks for your support of "The Joshes." I know they appreciate it! Thanks for the compliment you sent my way, and for reading my blog. Means a lot coming from a fellow musician. BTW - how'd your audition go? :) Jim
Liz Wessel June 18, 2011 at 04:00 PM
Thanks for sharing, Jim! Congratulations to the Joshes; and to you, fine teacher!)
Jim Kube June 18, 2011 at 04:18 PM
Liz: You're welcome! The "Joshes" deserve to have their story told. They're hard workers! I appreciate the praise, all the way around. :) Thanks for reading my post, Liz. Jim

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