ELIDA — The year has been a whirlwind for Elida senior Carson French.
Carson, 17, became interested in playing the drums when he was 10 years old. That interest has taken him to an interesting position. He was asked to join Shelby County Line, a popular local band, as its drummer.
Of course, he took the gig. Now, before he is even old enough to be considered an adult, he is a member of a band that is seeing its popularity increase even more. He has played at the Buckeye Country Super Fest, where they were one of several opening bands for top line performers Blake Shelton, Keith Urban and Rascal Flatts. The band played at the Country Music Awards Fest and the famous bar Tootsies in Nashville. Among upcoming gigs includes opening for Travis Tritt at BMI Speedway in Versailles. It is a lot for a 17-year-old to reflect on.
“I have definitely came a long way from when I started,” Carson said. “We have had a lot of good offers lately.”
Before joining the band, Carson had been taking lessons from Dave Breaston, a drummer from another popular local band, the Hipnotix. The band is now booking enough gig that it makes spare time a rare thing.
“Drumming takes up a lot of time,” Carson said. “It is a real big commitment.”
Carson also plays the drums for local youth band Minor Blues. Though there in’t much free time, he usually sets his drum sticks down for a fly-rod. He enjoys fly-rod fishing. He also enjoys the card game “Magic the Gathering.”
Despite his busy schedule, Carson is maintaining a solid 3.1 GPA going into his senior year. As far as future plans, he is playing things by ear at this point. His original plans were to go to college as a percussion performance major.
“If things keep going well, it could change plans,” Carson said. “We will see what happens.”
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