While being a Connecticut based percussionist, Lee Caron is also an avid traditional rudimental drummer. Performing rudimental drumming for 20 years he has been a member of and performed with groups such as The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps 3rd US INF (Escort to the President), The United States Army Band (Pershings Own), Boston Pops Esplanade Orchestra, and was in the 2007 cast of the Edinburgh Military Tattoo in Edinburgh Scotland. His travels also take him to Basel Switzerland where he performs regularly in the Carnival ‘Fasnacht’ with Seibi Fasnachtclique. In 2009 Lee was the first American to compete in the ‘Offiiells Bryysdrummlen und Pfyffe’ (the competition in Basel before Fasnacht) as well as placing in the finals. When not performing rudimental drumming, Lee is a freelance percussionist performing with orchestras, chamber groups, and music theatre productions throughout New England, private drum/percussion teacher, drum instructor for the William Diamond Jr. Fife and Drum Corps in Lexington, MA and Yankee Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps in Seekonk, MA. Lee is a member of the Percussive Arts Society Marching Percussion Committee. Mr. Caron attended the Hartt School of Music and the Boston Conservatory.
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Check out Lee at these upcoming performanes!
Presenting / performing at the United States Association of Rudimental Drummers (USARD) Convention April 15 and 16.
I am looking forward to 'The Music of John Williams' with the New Haven Symphony Orchestra, June 2 - 5.
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Check out the below interview with Lee
What do you think initially drew you to drumming and do you remember when that happened?
As long as I can remember I have been interested in drumming. I first started drumming when I was 9 years old. I heard my neighbor practicing the fife and after inquiring about what she was doing she convinced me, and my mom, to come to rehearsal and check out the drumming. I was lucky that the instructor there was rudimental great Jay Toumey. He gave me a great foundation, practice ethic, and love of traditional rudimental drumming. After a few years of just rudimental drumming I joined school band and started taking percussion lessons with Jim Royle. I thank both Jay and Jim for helping me get to where I am today.
Who are the drummers and percussionists that have inspired you the most?
This is a tough question for there are so many drummers / percussionists that have inspired me. Here are three: (1) Dave Smith: I have known Dave for a very long time and have taken many lessons with him. His passion, teaching style, and playing kept me moving forward. (2) Chris Smith: Dave's son. Like Dave, I have known Chris for a very long time. Besides being a good friend growing up I could never place above Chris in Regions and All State...well, I finally did when Chris graduated high school and I still had one year to go. Chris and I went to undergrad together at the Hartt School and we would constantly work with each other to get better and to be better musicians, while drinking copious amounts of coffee to be able to practice 6+ hours every day. (3) Neil Grover: while in undergrad I took lessons with Neil. Neil is a funny, compassionate, and excellent musician. Growing up, my mom would regularly tune into the Boston Pops on PBS so I practically grew up watching Neil play. It was exciting when he accepted me for private lessons. He showed me how to bring the dots on the page to life and not to just 'play whats on the page'.
What advice do you have to any upcoming drummer that is looking to take their career to the next step?
a) Take lessons with many people of different styles and backgrounds. b) Be kind, non-judgemental, and always smile (at school or at the gig). c) For the aspiring orchestral percussionist: Learn to play drum set. Nothing complicated, just a bunch of different groove styles and basic brush work. Your work load will increase exponentially. d) The best quote I ever heard was from Chris Lamb, "Everyone hits wrong notes, just some more than others."