Sonny Emory’s Connection to Frost

Sonny Emory’s Connection to Frost

By UM News

Sonny Emory’s Connection to Frost

By UM News
How the March 19th masterclass was made possible by Frost student, Justice Michael.
Justice Michael, a sophomore drum student with a major in the Musicianship, Artistry, Development and Entrepreneurship (MADE) program has a very special connection to world-renowned drummer Sonny Emory, whose résumé in addition to his own projects includes Earth, Wind and Fire, Bruce Hornsby (B.M. '77), Lee Ritenour and most recently touring with Eric Clapton, among many others.
 
An uncle to Justice, Sonny Emory is also a strong mentor and inspiration in his life. Frost faculty lecturer in the Studio Music and Jazz Department Steve Rucker, welcomed the connection and held a master class for his students with Sonny March 19th upon his nephew’s invite.  Sonny showcased his drumming expertise and offered tips on how to make it work in the business of music. He stressed how important it is to be prepared at auditions, be honorable and ethical, avoid drug use at all costs and for inspiration reach for something different and challenging. 
 
In commenting Justice Michael stated: "Sonny and I have been working together for years as teacher and student.  It was truly exciting and inspirational to have him be a part of this experience."
 
Sonny Emory stated: "I have been to Frost on many occasions, but this was a great thrill.  The students were incredible and it was special to see Justice flourish as an artist in this extraordinary environment."
 
Steve Rucker added: "Sonny gave an amazing clinic, fielded many questions, and was such a pleasure to be around.  I've really enjoyed my time with Justice as well.  He's a rising star!"
 
One of the many benefits of attending Frost is the amazing lecturers students get to meet and experience. For this semester alone in addition to Sonny Emory, drumset clinicians include:
  • Adam Deitch (Lettuce)
  • David Chiverton (Cris Cab / Jon Secada / Troy Roberts Nu-Jive / Nicole Henry)
  • Peter Zimmer (NYC jazz drummer)
  • Brendan Buckley (Shakira / Miley Cyrus / Melissa Etheridge / Damien Rice)
  • Mike Piolet (Hamilton)
 
Sonny Emory and Justice Michael recently released a drumming duo anthology called "Stick 'Em". You can catch it on YouTube.