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DRUMMER & PERCUSSIONIST: Long Hours On The Road

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John is the drummer and percussion for the touring band the Atom Age. Joe tells us that when he isn't playing a show, his typical day involves long hours of driving from show to show. Spending that much time on the road in small spaces with a group of people can be difficult - that's why you need to see your band as your family and maintain good relationships with them.

Job Title: Drummer & Percussionist

Job Summary: Musicians and Singers

Job Description

Musicians and singers play instruments or sing for live audiences and in recording studios. They perform in a variety of styles, such as classical, jazz, opera, rap, or rock.

On-the-Job Training

None

Additional Info

Musicians and singers need extensive and prolonged training and practice to acquire the skills and knowledge necessary to interpret music at a professional level.

Quick Facts

Average salary
Average salary
National Statistic Change Location
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$20,000 - $60,000
Projected job growth
Projected Job Growth
5 to 15 percent
Typical schedule
Typical schedule
Part-time, Full-time, Long hours, Flexible, Irregular, Varies Widely
Typical workplace
Typical workplace
Office, Travel, Remote, Outdoor, Indoor, Home, Physically demanding
Personal qualities
Personal Qualities
Patience, Creativity, Verbal communication skills, Artistic, Strength/stamina, People skills, Public speaking ability, Networking, Adventurous

Educational Path

Education requirement
Education Requirement
High school degree
Recommended majors
Recommended Majors
Music
Performing Arts
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m='17380'>a</span> <span m='17450'>lot</span> <span m='17940'>around</span> <span m='18180'>the</span> <span m='18290'>US,</span> <span m='18880'>Canada,</span> <span m='19460'>Europe.</span> <span m='21350'>We</span> <span m='21470'>try</span> <span m='21660'>to</span> <span m='21750'>cover</span> <span m='22080'>as</span> <span m='22210'>much</span> <span m='22460'>as</span> <span m='22560'>we</span> <span m='22690'>can</span> <span m='23020'>just</span> <span m='23350'>to</span> <span m='23580'>get</span> <span m='23720'>us</span> <span m='23870'>out</span> <span m='24060'>there.</span> <span m='25050'>Usually</span> <span m='25390'>when</span> <span m='25560'>we're</span> <span m='25760'>in</span> <span m='25870'>town</span> <span m='26140'>we</span> <span m='26250'>do</span> <span m='26380'>try</span> <span m='26590'>to</span> <span m='26690'>stay</span> <span m='26930'>active</span> <span m='27360'>as</span> <span m='27490'>well.</span> <span m='28820'>We</span> <span m='28880'>try and</span> <span m='29350'>play as</span> <span m='29480'>many</span> <span m='29900'>shows</span> <span m='30260'>locally</span> <span m='30750'>as</span> <span m='31150'>much</span> <span m='31400'>as</span> <span m='31490'>we</span> <span m='31590'>can.</span> </p><p><span m='32450'>Typical</span> <span m='32640'>day,</span> <span m='33640'>honestly,</span> <span m='34635'>it's</span> <span m='34950'>a bit</span> <span m='35040'>boring.</span> <span m='36810'>Until</span> <span m='37010'>show</span> <span m='37330'>time,</span> <span m='37760'>it's a</span> <span m='38170'>little boring.</span> <span m='38740'>Usually</span> <span m='39260'>you</span> <span m='39910'>basically</span> <span m='40380'>spend</span> <span m='41150'>the</span> <span m='41310'>whole</span> <span m='41550'>day</span> <span m='41900'>traveling.</span> </p><p><span m='44120'>Generally</span> <span m='44510'>you'll</span> <span m='44640'>have</span> <span m='44880'>a</span> <span m='45200'>five</span> <span m='45530'>to</span> <span m='45640'>six</span> <span m='45970'>hour</span> <span m='46220'>drive.</span> <span m='47130'>You'll</span> <span m='47310'>get</span> <span m='47500'>to</span> <span m='47600'>your</span> <span m='47770'>location.</span> <span m='48830'>If</span> <span m='49190'>you</span> <span m='49450'>got</span> <span m='49700'>there</span> <span m='50140'>ahead</span> <span m='50410'>of</span> <span m='50540'>time,</span> <span m='50795'>you</span> <span m='51050'>basically</span> <span m='51780'>have</span> <span m='51970'>time</span> <span m='52250'>to</span> <span m='52820'>kill.</span> <span m='53290'>It's</span> <span m='53760'>up</span> <span m='53940'>to</span> <span m='54040'>you</span> <span m='54180'>to</span> <span m='54500'>figure</span> <span m='54760'>out</span> <span m='54890'>what</span> <span m='55020'>you</span> <span m='55130'>want</span> <span m='55260'>to</span> <span m='55330'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='56790'>There's</span> <span m='57010'>usually</span> <span m='57380'>a</span> <span m='57440'>specific</span> <span m='57900'>time</span> <span m='58230'>when</span> <span m='58840'>the</span> <span m='58980'>venues,</span> <span m='59510'>or</span> <span m='59590'>the</span> <span m='59700'>places</span> <span m='60050'>where</span> <span m='60180'>you're</span> <span m='60320'>going</span> <span m='60420'>to</span> <span m='60500'>perform</span> <span m='60980'>at,</span> <span m='61240'>want</span> <span m='61490'>you</span> <span m='61610'>to</span> <span m='61700'>be</span> <span m='61890'>at.</span> <span m='62600'>Or</span> <span m='62865'>there's</span> <span m='63130'>a</span> <span m='64720'>specific</span> <span m='65099'>time</span> <span m='65349'>when</span> <span m='65720'>they</span> <span m='65820'>want</span> <span m='66000'>you to</span> <span m='66200'>get</span> <span m='66390'>there</span> <span m='66520'>by.</span> <span m='66880'>So</span> <span m='67300'>you</span> <span m='67390'>have</span> <span m='67530'>to</span> <span m='67640'>make</span> <span m='67800'>sure</span> <span m='67970'>to</span> <span m='68050'>get</span> <span m='68270'>there at</span> <span m='68760'>around</span> <span m='69150'>that</span> <span m='69390'>time,</span> <span m='69900'>or</span> <span m='70090'>maybe</span> <span m='70390'>a</span> <span m='70460'>little</span> <span m='70620'>bit</span> <span m='70780'>early</span> <span m='71075'>if you</span> <span m='71370'>can</span> <span m='71685'>just</span> <span m='72000'>so</span> <span m='72160'>you</span> <span m='72330'>can</span> <span m='72470'>check</span> <span m='72720'>out</span> <span m='72980'>other</span> <span m='73240'>places</span> <span m='74820'>and</span> <span m='74990'>all</span> <span m='75130'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='77010'>Then</span> <span m='77300'>you</span> <span m='77400'>have</span> <span m='77570'>to</span> <span m='77670'>load</span> <span m='77940'>in</span> <span m='78090'>all</span> <span m='78220'>your</span> <span m='78410'>gear.</span> <span m='79720'>And</span> <span m='80140'>they'll</span> <span m='80280'>give</span> <span m='80430'>you</span> <span m='80510'>instructions</span> <span m='81120'>on</span> <span m='81170'>what</span> <span m='81440'>to</span> <span m='81520'>do--</span> <span m='81710'>what</span> <span m='81930'>bands</span> <span m='82240'>go</span> <span m='82420'>on</span> <span m='82560'>first,</span> <span m='83560'>when</span> <span m='84040'>you're</span> <span m='84210'>going</span> <span m='84320'>to</span> <span m='84380'>play.</span> <span m='86000'>Finish</span> <span m='86430'>playing,</span> <span m='87070'>I</span> <span m='87210'>get</span> <span m='87470'>to</span> <span m='87590'>do</span> <span m='87770'>the</span> <span m='87890'>whole</span> <span m='88350'>money</span> <span m='88690'>thing</span> <span m='89110'>and</span> <span m='89220'>then</span> <span m='89810'>go</span> <span m='89970'>get</span> <span m='90090'>a</span> <span m='90150'>hotel</span> <span m='90600'>room.</span> <span m='91320'>And</span> <span m='91440'>then</span> <span m='91570'>leave</span> <span m='91830'>the</span> <span m='91930'>next</span> <span m='92230'>day</span> <span m='92560'>in</span> <span m='92600'>the</span> <span m='92670'>morning,</span> <span m='93070'>the</span> <span m='93320'>next</span> <span m='93720'>location.</span> <span m='94900'>It's</span> <span m='95370'>usually</span> <span m='95680'>maybe</span> <span m='96000'>about</span> <span m='96300'>two</span> <span m='96500'>shows</span> <span m='96860'>per</span> <span m='97040'>state,</span> <span m='97540'>so</span> <span m='98240'>that's</span> <span m='98700'>why</span> <span m='98810'>you</span> <span m='98960'>have</span> <span m='99860'>an</span> <span m='99940'>average</span> <span m='100310'>of</span> <span m='100400'>six to</span> <span m='100800'>seven</span> <span m='101200'>hour</span> <span m='101350'>drives</span> <span m='101770'>every</span> <span m='101980'>day.</span> </p><p><span m='102620'>I</span> <span m='102820'>always</span> <span m='103140'>found</span> <span m='103480'>drums</span> <span m='103770'>really</span> <span m='104050'>interesting.</span> <span m='104700'>It</span> <span m='104750'>was</span> <span m='104920'>more</span> <span m='105160'>of</span> <span m='105250'>me</span> <span m='105410'>watching</span> <span m='106010'>music</span> <span m='106360'>videos,</span> <span m='107832'>some</span> <span m='108200'>MTV</span> <span m='108560'>and</span> <span m='108860'>things</span> <span m='109120'>like</span> <span m='109310'>that.</span> <span m='110270'>And</span> <span m='110430'>I</span> <span m='110490'>would</span> <span m='110630'>always</span> <span m='110860'>look</span> <span m='110990'>at</span> <span m='111070'>the</span> <span m='111150'>drummer,</span> <span m='111490'>and</span> <span m='112100'>I</span> <span m='112260'>would</span> <span m='112660'>always</span> <span m='113220'>be</span> <span m='113560'>intrigued</span> <span m='114280'>on</span> <span m='114550'>how</span> <span m='114680'>to</span> <span m='114760'>play</span> <span m='115020'>that.</span> </p><p><span m='119080'>I remember</span> <span m='120010'>I</span> <span m='120170'>wanted</span> <span m='120980'>for</span> <span m='121290'>Christmas</span> <span m='121760'>a</span> <span m='121860'>computer</span> <span m='122320'>once,</span> <span m='122600'>and</span> <span m='122720'>my</span> <span m='122840'>parents</span> <span m='123160'>couldn't</span> <span m='123360'>afford</span> <span m='123680'>it.</span> <span m='124085'>This</span> <span m='124360'>was</span> <span m='124720'>back</span> <span m='124980'>in</span> <span m='125080'>Colombia,</span> <span m='125780'>my</span> <span m='125970'>hometown.</span> <span m='126980'>And</span> <span m='127360'>they</span> <span m='127510'>told</span> <span m='127770'>me</span> <span m='127860'>that</span> <span m='128509'>they</span> <span m='128680'>could</span> <span m='128870'>buy me</span> <span m='129110'>something</span> <span m='129470'>maybe</span> <span m='129759'>a</span> <span m='129850'>little</span> <span m='130060'>bit</span> <span m='130340'>cheaper</span> <span m='131039'>than</span> <span m='131500'>the</span> <span m='131600'>computer.</span> <span m='132880'>And</span> <span m='133480'>I</span> <span m='133620'>asked</span> <span m='133850'>them</span> <span m='133960'>if</span> <span m='134070'>I</span> <span m='134160'>could</span> <span m='134370'>just</span> <span m='134520'>get</span> <span m='134640'>a</span> <span m='134710'>drum</span> <span m='135020'>set.</span> <span m='135240'>And</span> <span m='135390'>they</span> <span m='135520'>bought</span> <span m='135810'>it</span> <span m='135900'>for</span> <span m='136020'>me,</span> <span m='136150'>and</span> <span m='136270'>that's</span> <span m='136450'>where</span> <span m='136600'>everything</span> <span m='136910'>started.</span> </p><p><span m='137360'>But</span> <span m='137470'>it was</span> <span m='137670'>a</span> <span m='138240'>neighbor</span> <span m='138760'>that</span> <span m='138930'>used</span> <span m='139090'>to</span> <span m='139160'>play</span> <span m='139425'>drums</span> <span m='140350'>back</span> <span m='140610'>then</span> <span m='141240'>where</span> <span m='141480'>I used to</span> <span m='141790'>live.</span> <span m='142750'>And</span> <span m='142850'>I</span> <span m='142910'>went</span> <span m='143100'>and</span> <span m='143210'>knocked</span> <span m='143510'>on</span> <span m='143580'>his</span> <span m='143760'>door,</span> <span m='144120'>and</span> <span m='144240'>he</span> <span m='144640'>started</span> <span m='144990'>teaching</span> <span m='145245'>me</span> <span m='145500'>and</span> <span m='145590'>that's</span> <span m='145790'>where I</span> <span m='146070'>started.</span> <span m='146980'>And</span> <span m='147160'>I</span> <span m='147210'>had</span> <span m='147370'>the</span> <span m='147490'>opportunity</span> <span m='148050'>to</span> <span m='148130'>move</span> <span m='148400'>here,</span> <span m='149570'>and</span> <span m='151680'>I</span> <span m='152070'>learned</span> <span m='152460'>that</span> <span m='152580'>it's</span> <span m='152810'>easier</span> <span m='153240'>to</span> <span m='153410'>maybe</span> <span m='153720'>make</span> <span m='153990'>it</span> <span m='154080'>happen</span> <span m='154450'>here--</span> <span m='154810'>there's</span> <span m='155100'>more</span> <span m='155250'>opportunity.</span> <span m='156090'>So</span> <span m='156120'>I</span> <span m='156450'>definitely</span> <span m='157640'>got</span> <span m='157890'>on</span> <span m='158020'>that</span> <span m='158450'>as</span> <span m='158550'>soon</span> <span m='158690'>as I</span> <span m='159020'>was</span> <span m='159200'>able</span> <span m='159530'>to.</span> <span m='162070'>I</span> <span m='162220'>became</span> <span m='162630'>part</span> <span m='162820'>of</span> <span m='162900'>a</span> <span m='162950'>band.</span> <span m='163300'>I</span> <span m='163530'>looked</span> <span m='163790'>for</span> <span m='164020'>it</span> <span m='164410'>and</span> <span m='164900'>we</span> <span m='165060'>started</span> <span m='165560'>just doing</span> <span m='165830'>what</span> <span m='166320'>we</span> <span m='166410'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='167270'>Things</span> <span m='167460'>that</span> <span m='167560'>I</span> <span m='167650'>know</span> <span m='167920'>now</span> <span m='168240'>about</span> <span m='168790'>touring</span> <span m='169170'>that</span> <span m='169280'>I</span> <span m='169350'>did</span> <span m='169610'>not</span> <span m='169790'>know--</span> <span m='170710'>a</span> <span m='170820'>lot.</span> <span m='171320'>I</span> <span m='171450'>would</span> <span m='171620'>always</span> <span m='171890'>think</span> <span m='172080'>that</span> <span m='172180'>it</span> <span m='172270'>was</span> <span m='172490'>just</span> <span m='172900'>all</span> <span m='173240'>fun--</span> <span m='174680'>just,</span> <span m='175415'>you're</span> <span m='175680'>touring.</span> <span m='178160'>But</span> <span m='178310'>it</span> <span m='178630'>definitely</span> <span m='179140'>is</span> <span m='179260'>a</span> <span m='179350'>job,</span> <span m='179780'>too.</span> <span m='181265'>There is</span> <span m='181600'>rules</span> <span m='181930'>that</span> <span m='182060'>you</span> <span m='182150'>have</span> <span m='182320'>to</span> <span m='182470'>follow.</span> <span m='182960'>There's</span> <span m='183200'>things</span> <span m='183440'>you</span> <span m='183670'>should</span> <span m='184030'>do,</span> <span m='184260'>you</span> <span m='184370'>should</span> <span m='184560'>not</span> <span m='184860'>do.</span> </p><p><span m='185600'>Basically</span> <span m='186090'>the people</span> <span m='186340'>you</span> <span m='186490'>tour with,</span> <span m='187060'>you</span> <span m='187250'>really</span> <span m='187530'>have</span> <span m='187750'>to</span> <span m='188340'>see</span> <span m='188940'>them</span> <span m='189080'>as</span> <span m='189200'>a</span> <span m='189260'>family</span> <span m='189535'>as</span> <span m='189810'>well</span> <span m='190170'>because</span> <span m='190410'>you're</span> <span m='190520'>going</span> <span m='190640'>to</span> <span m='190710'>be</span> <span m='190820'>spending</span> <span m='191210'>a</span> <span m='191270'>lot</span> <span m='191540'>of</span> <span m='191630'>time</span> <span m='191940'>with them</span> <span m='192760'>in</span> <span m='192930'>a</span> <span m='192980'>bus</span> <span m='193460'>or</span> <span m='193910'>a</span> <span m='193950'>van.</span> <span m='195070'>And</span> <span m='195640'>you</span> <span m='195810'>should</span> <span m='196010'>try</span> <span m='196190'>to</span> <span m='196350'>make</span> <span m='196650'>the</span> <span m='196730'>best</span> <span m='197210'>out</span> <span m='197400'>of</span> <span m='198630'>whatever</span> <span m='200120'>relationships</span> <span m='200730'>you</span> <span m='201040'>may</span> <span m='201180'>have</span> <span m='201480'>with them,</span> <span m='201780'>or</span> <span m='202080'>whatever.</span> </p>","file":{"id":356983,"video_id":"3217720394001","name":"2028-John-p-Percussionist","duration":203732,"thumbnail_url":null}});