“If you’re in the zone, if you’re doing it right, it takes you out of the thoughts you’re having. It just takes you to a completely different place,” Jeff says. “It’s an amazing feeling.”
Through the floor of their row home, his parents couldn’t hear Earth, Wind & Fire. All they heard was the pounding of Jeff’s drums. They’d stomp on the floor to let him know when they had heard enough and it was time to take a break.
But they recognized his passion and did everything they could to encourage it.
“Music has never not been the passion of my life,” he says. “There’s just an absolutely joy to it.”
Today, Jeff shares that passion with his students. He teaches at York College of Pennsylvania and Lincoln Intermediate Unit 12.
There’s something incredible about seeing the smiles on kids’ faces when they realize what a joy it is to perform music, he says.
“There’s nothing like that feeling of playing music,” he says. “But helping these kids find that feeling, that’s a close second.”