Living The Dream: Interview with Mark D’ambrosio
Mark D’ambrosio is Albuquerque’s most sought after drummer. Teaching 45 students a week and playing in front hundreds of fans with his band “Duke City Saints”, he is what every young drummer hopes to be, a professional musician. Mr. D’ambrosio has been my teacher for 2 years now and he’s currently living my dream. I made the decision to interview him to see what type of mountains hes had to climb through out his life to get where he is today. Mr. D’ambrosio was born in Los Angeles, California on November 1, 1969. As a graduate from one of the world’s best school of contemporary music school “Musicians Institute”, he definitely has one of the best educations under his belt. With 30 years of experience on playing drums. Mr. D’ambrosio is not only an incredible player, but he’s also a great teacher. He’s like a fountain of knowledge, releasing stories after stories about where the music came from and to personal stories on how that music affected him as a musician. It’s safe to say that he’s a guru of drumming.
Oscar Gamboa: How old were you when you started playing music? Why did you pick the drums? Mark D’ambrosio: I had become enthralled with Rock music around the age of 12 and the drums stood out more than any other instrument. I started playing drums when I was 14. I asked for drums for my birthday, so my folks gave me a pair of sticks, practice pad and a private drum lessons with a professional jazz drummer named H.B “Swede” Meredith. The purchase of a drum set had to wait; not because their being a lack of finances, but because I think my parents had grown weary of me trying to find my niche in activities that went nowhere, like BMX racing. I really wanted to race BMX, but my skills were sub-par. My dad had invested hundreds of dollars and time into encouraging me and then one day I gave up the enthusiasm to do it. So, when I asked for drums, I am sure they thought “Oh Brother!” It took about...
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