Andrew started playing drums more than a decade ago, synchronizing the music he created with that of his favorite bands. More recently, he made his debut on drums alongside Hoboken Grace’s worship band, synchronizing his longtime hobby with an opportunity to serve. The Writing Team spoke with him this week about how he started serving on the team and what the experience has been like so far.
How and when did you get started playing drums?
I always loved music and was in the school band since I was in third grade, although I was playing the baritone horn at the time. I started playing drums (outside of the school band) around the time I was in middle school. I loved bands like Mutemath, who had rhythm-centric melodies. I would plug in my iPod and play alongside their songs for years.
It’s an honor to be able to use the skills God has given you to service the church. I love practicing drums after work and now I get to practice with a purpose.
Had you been serving at Hoboken Grace before that?
Initially, I came to Hoboken Grace for the FPU program and wasn’t even attending the services. Then midway through the program I sat in on a service and loved it so much that I started coming every week. Afterward, I started to assist with leading the FPU class and then joined the Web Team awhile after that.
What has the experience playing with the band been like so far?
Amazing. Everyone always seems to have a really positive attitude and I always learn something new from just being around great musicians.
What advice would you give someone who is thinking of joining the Arts Team?
Join now. Every opportunity to serve can cause a huge impact. I was surprised at how many people I met in church, where I told them I was apart of the Web Team and they told me they found the church through a Google search, causing them to check out a service. You never know how much God uses your work until you start and have an opportunity to look back at the fruits of your labor.