Monday, March 30, 2009

A Chance to See the World




As I boarded my flight from JFK to Frankfurt last night to attend my 10th Frankfurt Music Messe, I couldn't help but reflect on the international travel I've done over the past 10 years. Compared to many, 10-years of international, or Frankfurt Music Messe attendance is not so much, but for me it is a bit of a milestone.




Over the past 10 years, I've had the chance to visit the following countries (listed somewhat geographically as to not tax my memory too much):




New Zealand, Australia, Indonesia, Singapore, Thailand, Philippines, Taiwan, China, South Korean, Japan, Russia, India, U.A.E., U.K., Ireland, France, Netherlands, Belgium, Spain, Portugal, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Poland, Finland, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Uruguay.




I've been slipped a "mickey" in Bangkok, Thailand; abandoned at the airport in Jakarta, Indonesia, and most recently I was in Siberia, Russia in November! I've also seen so many beautiful cities, met fantastic artists, outstanding businessmen, and great people! While the cultures of the world are fascinatingly different, the love and joy of music is universal.




As a young drummer (aspiring to be a percussionist) growing up in the corn field of Central Illinois (Sullivan, Illinois to be specific), I had aspirations of playing professionally and teaching at the university level. And, while that didn't work out as planned after graduating from Millikin University with a music business degree, and Northwestern with a masters in percussion, I couldn't have had a more wonderful and enriching professional life! After working for the Percussive Arts Society and Yamaha Corporation of America, my opportunity to do business internationally started in 1999 when I was at SABIAN. Since then with SABIAN, SKB, and now with D'Addario I continue to travel internationally.




As the wheels touched down last this morning, I couldn't help but reflect. There are more countries I'd love to travel too. What ones have I missed that you'd recommend?

1 comment:

  1. Hi David! It's so great to find you online like this, and I totally relate to this particular post. Every day I feel like the luckiest guy in the world, and in part it's due to the incredible opportunities I've been able to take advantage of in our wonderful percussion world. Traveling the world, meeting amazing people, being part of wonderful concerts, conducting PAS business, life just doesn't get any better. My favorite city outside of the U.S. is Copenhagen, but I've also really enjoyed Taipei. And the fjords in Norway! I can't think of any place I've been that wasn't at least good, but most have been terrific. Drop me a line sometime!
    All the best,
    Rich

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