Sherrill-based drummer Evan DuChene wants musicians to know they should never give up on playing their music, because they never know where it will take them in the future. That advice is inspired by the thrill of playing a pair of gigs last month on the other side of the world.
As drummer for the Philip Myers Band, also featuring bandleader Myers on keyboards and vocals, David Ross on keyboards and vocals, Dave "Dinger" Wingfield on guitar and Andre Barton on bass, DuChene recently took a trip for some enviable corporate party performances overseas playing back-to-back shows in Beijing, China.
Leaving on June 13 and away from Sherrill and his duties as owner of Ebeneezer's Caf (c) and Creamery on Sherrill Road for eight days, DuChene spent four days in China -- setting up and rehearsing for two and performing on the others -- and then did a couple of gigs in Denver and Colorado Springs on the way back.
He credited Myers for setting up the dream jobs.
"He's the leader of the group, and he developed a good relationship with the insurance and investment corporation we did the shows for," DuChene said. "We played for them last year in Puerto Rico, and at the time that was the farthest from home I'd ever played."
DuChene said their audience was primarily Americans who had been invited on the trip to China by the corporation as a reward for their high achievements, so they were all in good spirits and enjoying the party as their bosses picked up the tab.
On the first night the band offered their Billy Joel and Elton John tribute show and performed a dance party the second night. Their encore of "America" and "Proud to Be an American" was probably the highlight of their two-night stand in China, he said.