Orangeburg drummer taking the national stage in competition

By Taylor Kearns - bio | email

ORANGEBURG, SC (WIS) - His family says he's the master of the drumset, and soon an Orangeburg native will test his mettle as one of five finalists in a national drumming competition next month.

Clyde Frazier III has been drumming basically since he's been breathing, but he learned to play where he prayed by taking a cue from his late mother.

"My mom actually played drums at church all the way up until a week and a half before she delivered me so I came out playing pots and pans," he said. "It's always been a motivation to keep pushing drums to where I know she wanted me to play 'em."
At just 26, Frazier is set to do just that. He's a finalist in Guitar Center's Drum Off 2010, going on in Hollywood next month. "It's a real honor just to even say I made it so I'm still stoked out about that," he said.

It's billed as the largest drum competition in the world, with 6000 drummers signed up. Frazier is in the top 5.

If he wins, he'll take home endorsement deals, drum gear and $25,000. Even if he doesn't, he'll have a chance to trade licks with legends. "I already saw the names of the celebrity artists that'll be playing, I'm like 'oh my God are you kidding me?'" said Frazier. "I actually get to meet these people? I buy their DVD's!"

"Being a little country boy, growin up field in back of my house, it means a lot to me," said Frazier. "A lot to my community of musicians in Orangeburg and South Carolina as a whole."
Hollywood will get a taste of the rhythm of Orangeburg in early January.

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