In his own words...
My story about how I became involved in percussion is a little different than most as it all started with an innocent class schedule mess up, but I like to think it was destiny. I found out about the schedule error when the instructor called me and asked if I was going to march for the Parkersburg Big Red Band. Since I had friends in the band already I figured why not? As it turned out, I didn't know what I was getting myself into! I showed up for the first practice starting directly from square one but I was happy playing crash cymbals as I wasn’t yet able to read music or march. Over the course of the next year I worked hard and ended up playing bass 5 -- I loved it so much I decided to stick with bass 5 for the remainder of my high school career. In addition to marching band I also performed in a few percussion ensembles and concert band; in those groups I usually played auxiliary percussion.
Starting in 2011 I began to seek out private instruction on snare drum from of some the best educators in the business such as: Jacob Gall, Murray Gusseck, and Tim Pence. All of these educators have broadened my horizons in the world of percussion exposing me to new things and new methods of teaching which I am very grateful for. These educators pushed me to limits in performance and composition than I never thought were possible for someone from West Virginia and thanks to their influence I have continued down my personal path of marching percussion. Over the past few years I have worked with various high schools in the region including Parkersburg High School, Parkersburg Catholic High School, and Wirt County High School, until 2015 when I accepted a position with Jewel City Drum and Bugle Corps of Huntington WV.
I currently live in Morgantown, West Virginia where I am a Multi-Disciplinary Studies major specializing in Music Industry, Arts Administration, and Business Administration at West Virginia University. I am the General Manager of West Virginia University’s record label program Mon Hills Records that specializes in preserving and promoting the tradition of Appalachian-Style Music. I am the percussion caption head of Jewel City Drum and Bugle Corps and a member of the Percussive Arts Society (PAS).
My plans for the future are to finish my bachelor’s degree from WVU and then continue with my master’s degree in Music Industry from WVU in addition to taking online courses from Berklee College of Music for my certification in drum set performance which I hope to use in finding a career in the music industry.
I proudly use ProMark Drumsticks, Mapex Marching Percussion, Evans Drum Heads, Zildjian Cymbals, and Xymox Percussion practice pads.
Comments from D'Rumpus
Cody has a raw excitement about percussion that’s quite fun to be around (if you’re in the Xymox group on Facebook you’re already well familiar with his percussive spirit). We like working with his music because it’s obvious that he has fun writing it and therefore we have fun making it available to you. His music is enjoyable to play and can stretch your brain at times – it keeps your hands and your mind quite occupied. We hope you learn a lot from his music and have fun playing it!
AWARDS AND RECOGNITION:
- Parkersburg High School 2009 WV Forest Festival Best Percussion (P)
- Parkersburg High School 2010 WV Forest Festival Grand Champions (P)
- Parkersburg High School Strawberry Festival Grand Champions 2010 (P)
- Parkersburg High School WV Tournament Of Band Best Percussion 2011 (E)
- Jewel City Drum and Bugle Corps (E)
- Parkersburg High School (P) (E)
- Parkersburg Catholic High School (E) (M)
- Wirt County High School (E)