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“I just want to play the instrument that resonates within my soul.”
|Drummer Paul Gavin is Director of the freshly minted Gulf Coast Jazz Collective that is performing regularly at the Gulf Coast Symphony’s Music and Arts Community Center. This is his story.
Paul Gavin was born in Fort Myers and grew up on Sanibel Island, where his dad Oscar runs Gavin Plumbing.
Unlike with other top musicians, Paul’s family isn’t musical. “The family sings in church, but it isn’t innately musical at all. Of the little bit of musical talent I had as a child, none of it came from my genes. In fact, I had absolutely no affinity for music when I was in elementary school. That didn’t come until I was 10 or 11 years old, when my mom put me in an exploratory arts camp run by the Music Foundation of Southwest Florida. ”
Exploratory arts camp was a place where one did some dance, visual art, singing and instrumental playing. “While I was there, I took to the oboe. That was my first musical instrument. That’s a plot twist in the life of a professional drummer, right? No one expects that one.”