ABOUT JOEY ALEXANDER CURTIS
test. He’s performed at a seniors’ banquet. And, if you can believe it, he’s even drummed at a funeral. “It was quiet and calm,” he remembers.
Today, he’s excited about being able to “play the actual songs I listen to.” He watches other drummers in action, whether on YouTube or in person, and tries to imitate their style. Fast songs — “anything with good drums, a good bass, and a good kick” — catch his fancy.
Christine is “ very proud” of her son. “I think he’s quite capable of going farther than where he is now,” she says. Leroy adds that he and his wife are willing to back their son as far as they can. Cassondra adds, “It’s pretty cool to see him progress over the period of time (since) he started.”
Such encouragement means a lot to Joey. “ Whenever people say, ‘ You did good tonight’ or ‘ You’re doing a good job. Keep up the good work,’ it makes me want to play more.”
Nan Ralph hopes her grandson will “stay with Christian music, because there’s a lot of need for good drummers in church.”
Joey hopes for a career as a policeman. In the meantime, he’s concentrating on his music. “It doesn’t matter if I go far with drums,” he says. “I just like playing.” Someday, though, he would like to play in a church youth band.
He’s got a few words of advice for prospective drummers: “If you can get the basics and mix them together, you’ll be able to get it after a while.” • Age — 14 • Birthplace — Brampton, Ontario • Resides — Cupids • Family — son of Christine and Leroy Curtis. Sister Cassondra is 16 • Education — Grade 9, Amalgamated Academy, Bay Roberts • Hobbies/interests — drumming, dirt bikes (actually, anything with a motor)