p.a. Trick, Percussionist

p.a. Trick was born into a musical family. His parents were performers in a variety of vocal ensembles and many of his senior relatives were also proficient singers and pianists. As a small child Trick had already begun to show signs of rhythmic inclination—constantly tapping chairs, beating tabletops, and turning a plethora of household objects into instruments of cadence. Indeed, his grandmother had early predictions regarding his future as a percussionist.

At age five, Trick first expressed interest in playing the drums, but piano lessons became his first, formal musical instruction. At eight he joined the school band and played xylophone, tympany, and snare drum. It was during this period that he developed a love of marching band and jazz grooves. For his twelfth birthday he finally received the drum set he had been so desperately coveting, and there was no turning back.

Throughout his high school days he played in many garage bands that included elements of punk, ska, and grunge. Subsequently, joining the Navy did nothing to slow his musical drive. He was a member of a rock group consisting of fellow servicemen for three years, until transfers inevitably broke them up.

After the Navy, Trick returned home and joined a vocal ensemble that was founded by his father. Through connections in this group, he met several local musicians who were interested in starting a cover band. Eager to continue performing behind the kit, he became the drummer of the group until they called it quits a few years later. All along, however, Trick harbored other ambitions to write and perform original material.

In late 2012 he was introduced to guitarist Renner Stevens and the ideas that would evolve into Damn Decent Fellows began to take root.

p. a. Trick loves drumming because of the resulting adrenaline high and intense emotional release. He is equally affected by powerful vocals. The goal that drives his percussion and voice as a member of Damn Decent Fellows is to recreate these feelings in every performance—both for himself and his audience.

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