Matthew McCullough - Drums
How did you hear about/find us?
How did you hear about / find us? I saw a flyer hanging inside Crestwood Tavern. I "liked" the band on Facebook and Stacey was recruiting me about 6.5 seconds later.
What is your musical background/history?
My parents were both educators so I spent a lot of time around high schools growing up. I always enjoyed watching the marching bands practicing after school and wanted to be a drummer! I began the band program as a trumpet player in 5th grade because the director said I was better at that than any of the other instruments. The next year I tried for percussion again and the rest was history! I played through high school in a competitive program. We traveled much of the Midwest in WGI, MEPA, BOA and OMEA marching band and indoor drumline competitions. We won the state indoor drumline championship and placed 8th in WGI World finals my Junior year.
Since then, I was a drumline graduate assistant for several years after graduation and played in a small rock band performing in Southwest Ohio. I spent a little time as a snare drummer in a Police/Fire Pipes and Drums band! I had been very anxious to start playing again and I have had a blast with CCB!
What is your favorite “Band Song” to play?
I have several that I really enjoy but my favorite for the moment is Vehicle. It is written to allow the percussionist to do a lot of their own tweaking. It's always been a favorite song of mine anyhow!
What do you do when you are not playing music? (work/hobbies/for fun???)
I have been in Fire/EMS for 17 years and counting. I'm currently stationed next to Legion Field at Birmingham Fire and Rescue Station 14, one of the busiest in the city.
I enjoy spending my free time with my wonderful family, my two doggies Ziggy and Guinness and doing yard work actually! I have been a licensed Amateur Radio Operator and public safety communications enthusiast over 21 years.
What type of animal/breed of dog/cat/bird/fish/other etc…. best reflects your personality and why?
I would have to say I'd be a bulldog. There's some days I just want to be grumpy and left alone and then other days I feel like being an atypical lap dog.
Tell us something fun! You know, like “That one time at band camp…” Or elsewhere. (funny anecdote/story/amazing coincidence/hidden talent/celebrity encounter, etc…)
My senior year in high school we were preparing for a marching band spring break performance tour in Orlando. The director had just finished a long talk with us regarding our expected behavior, language, etc during our trip when we were in the parks without chaperones. Two minutes later we began the run through of the parade sequence in the band room. I screwed up the tap off tempo of something and let out a very loud Fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuudge (but it wasn't fudge). The entire band, drum major and staff, other than the director, laughed hysterically and I was mortified! Pretty sure I got pulled into the band office...