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)

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