Recently I sat in on a master class taught by percussionist Greg Samek to a group of Grade 8 and 9 students from Edmonton. After the class, I talked with him about two of his passions — music and education. “It’s a wonderful road you’re all going down,” Samek said to the students after he played for them for a minute on a drum set and vibraphone. He was referring to their decision to play music. “It was the best decision I ever made.”
Samek, who now holds Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in music, began his career as a self-taught drummer at the age of 17. He currently plays in the percussion group Scrap Arts Music and works on solo projects that have brought him to The Banff Centre many times over the past five years. “It pretty much was love at first sight — I knew that I needed to come back to be in the mountains to practice,” he told me.