Evan Mathews is a 16-year-old sophomore at George P. Butler High School. Evan has an older brother, an older sister, a younger brother and two happily married parents. In his spare time, he enjoys playing golf and drums. He is working towards his dream of attending Jackson State University in Jackson, Miss., to become a college band director.

When did your interest in drums begin?
I became interested in drums at the age of 3. I would use anything to simulate a drum such as tables, cans, counter tops and pots. I would use pencils and pens and even forks and spoons as my sticks.

What skill is most important for a young drummer to master?
The skill that is needed by a young drummer is consistency. A drummer must be able to play the same beat consistently throughout the song, because the repetitive nature of a drum beat is what makes a song catchy.

What is the proudest moment when playing the drums?
My proudest moment is when I was chosen to serve as Drum Major for the school band this year as a sophomore.

Who is your favorite professional drummer?
My all-time favorite drumline are the War and Thunder drummers of the Jackson State University.

What is your pre-performance ritual?
I listen to the sounds of the great Jackson State University Marching Band.