[UPDATE: Alex’s popularity is astounding. This post had close to 1,500 views the first day.]
“Prodigy” isn’t a word that is used loosely. The definition of a prodigy is “a person with exceptional talents or powers.” Alex Shumaker is a 10-year old prodigy who has become an Internet sensation. This young drummer from Punxsutawney, PA has been playing drums since the age of five. According to his online bio:
“While most five years were headed to the Toy section at Walmart Alex would ask to go to look at the CD’s. …while browsing the CD’s Alex found a DVD of the band Journey… Alex became fixated on drummer Deen Castronovo….To date along with Castronovo and Brian Tichy the most influential drummers for Alex have been: Todd Sucherman of Styx, Brian Hitt of Reo Speedwagon, Chris Fraizer of Foreigner, Peter Criss of Kiss, John Bonham of Led Zeppelin, Neil Peart of Rush, Sean Fuller of Florida Georgia Line and Rich Redmond of Jason Aldean to mention a few.”
Since picking up the sticks Shumaker has emulated his heroes while making a plethora of cover tune videos ranging from heavy metal – to country – to classic rock. He has racked up thousands upon thousands of Internet likes and comments. To date Alex’s Facebook page boasts 360,000+ total page likes and there are over 73,000 users talking about him. His cover of Guns N Rose’s ‘Sweet Child of Mine’ has over 300,000 likes and 74,000+ thumbs up.
Alex has sat in at numerous sound checks and performed with bands at every level including Jackyl (see below). He also performs live with his own “prodigy” band 80 Degrees. On top of all of his drumming accomplishments Shumaker also plays guitar. When he’s not practicing or performing Alex is a regular kid interested in playing and watching sports.
The young drummer shared his thoughts on his passion for the drums: “I love to play drums. It is so much fun and I just love music ! I want to play forever.” Looking at his accomplishments so far one can only imagine what heights this young man will achieve as he grows as a person and as a musician. Time will tell and I am looking forward to it.
For more on Alex Shumaker visit:
Twitter: @alexshudrums – Instagram: alexshudrums