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He builds 'em up to beat 'em down

Ryan Hubbs is a young musician with a flair for the dramatic -- or maybe a better way to say that is "drumatic."

Hubbs, along with some friends, will perform a concert April 15 on a set of drums he created from scratch with the help of his mentor Matt Henderson.

The molding of the drum set came about as part of the 17-year-old's Pasco High School senior project.

His love of the drums started at a young age when Henderson was a student at Columbia Basin College in Pasco.

"My dad (Randy Hubbs) was Matt's music teacher at CBC and I met him when I was 4 years old," Hubbs said. "I was fascinated by how he played the drums."

Though Hubbs admits to pounding on just about everything that comes within hitting distance since he was a child, it wasn't until sixth grade that he actually learned how to play the drums.

"Drums are the coolest instruments on the planet," he said. "There are 2,000 percussion instruments in the world but the drums are my favorite. And I've always wanted to build my own set."

That devotion is what led him to Henderson and finally producing a five-piece drum set for his senior project. Instead of fabricating his drum set with metal rims and lugs, Hubbs used wood to form their foundation.

"You get a much better sound with wood than you do metal," he said. "The metal rims stop the noise where wood brings a warmer more resonant sound."

The concert April 15 will be the drum set's debut.

Hubbs enjoys wailing on the drums in all sorts of music genres, from swing to Latin to hard rock. But it'll be jazz pieces by legendary drummer Art Blakey that he'll play at the concert.

Showtime is 7:30 p.m. in the CBC theater. Admission is free, though organizers are asking for donations which will be used to buy musical equipment for the school's special education program.

*Dori O'Neal: 582-1514; doneal@tricityherald.com

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