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Thirteen-Year-Old Drummer To Perform With UK Jazz Ensemble

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Photo of Caleb Crosby playing drums
Caleb Crosby

Crosby, son of the church youth minister at Winchester’s Calvary Christian Church, said he intends to pursue music as a vocation. “I definitely want to make a career out of it,” he said. Having played for only two years, he’s well on his way, performing in a local Winchester Christian band known as Engraved.

 

April 16, 2003 (Lexington, Ky.) -- Caleb Crosby, a 13-year-old eighth grader at Conkwright Magnet School in Winchester, Ky., will perform on the drums with the University of Kentucky Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Miles Osland at 8 p.m. Thursday, April 17, in the Singletary Center for the Arts.

Crosby, who takes music lessons from Greg Strouse, coordinator of the learning skills program in the UK Counseling and Testing Center, will perform with the seasoned, award-winning UK Jazz Ensemble on three musical selections.

Osland, a UK School of Music professor, said he first heard the musical prodigy when the teen-age musician was playing with his school band at an invitational performance at the Kentucky Music Educators Association conference earlier this year.

Asked how he could judge the young musician’s talent, Osland said, “You just know it; you can feel his energy. He was playing years beyond what he should have been doing at 13.”

Osland was invited to play with the Magnet School’s band after the conference performance, and he decided to issue the invitation to Crosby to play with the UK Jazz Ensemble right in front of all his classmates. “They just went wild,” he said. “I decided I might as well start the college bidding wars for this young man right there,” Osland said.

Crosby, son of the church youth minister at Winchester’s Calvary Christian Church, said he intends to pursue music as a vocation. “I definitely want to make a career out of it,” he said. Having played for only two years, he’s well on his way, performing in a local Winchester Christian band known as Engraved.

The UK Jazz Ensemble performance at the Singletary Center is free and open to the public.


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