SUMMERSIDE – About two years ago, Austin Trenholm began drumming lessons at the College of Piping in Summerside.
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Austin Trenholm in full uniform with his drum at his house in Summerside on May 21.
The 12-year-old has already racked up some accomplishments. Last year, he was awarded the Overall Champion Supreme for Grade 5 drummers in Atlantic Canada. As well, out of five competitions, he received four first place medals and one for second place.
Austin is now in the Grade 4 band, which is the next highest level at the college.
He credits his success to his hard work and dedication, he said.
“I practice hard and try to make sure everything is nice and perfect.”
After seeing drumming performances, he wanted to see what he could achieve with it.
“Every year I’ve been learning new stuff and I try to get really good at it. It’s been working out for me so far.”
Austin will be competing in the Moncton Highland Games next month.
“I feel pumped. I think I’ll do pretty well for my first time competing in Grade 4.”
He said a lot of people are proud of him and he’s grateful for the help he receives along the way.
“I would like to thank my mom and dad for bringing me to practice. I would also like to thank Chris Coleman and Sam Ramsay for helping me become a better drummer.”
Ken Trenholm said he’s impressed with his son’s talent.
The first time Austin competed, the judges were looking at him and shaking their heads in approval, said Trenholm.
“That was definitely a proud moment to watch that happening.”
He said Austin will be going to Scotland for the World Championships in August with the Grade 4 and three bands.
“He goes out there to have fun, but he’s competitive and wants to do the best he can.”
Austin’s at the point of writing his own music and is teaching his younger brother to play, added Trenholm.
“I think it’s nice that he can put his mind to something and see results and success. That will benefit him when he’s older.”
Him and his wife have four children and three are at the college. To have a place like that in the community is very valuable, he said.
“The teachers are dedicated and want to push people to succeed and excel in life. Austin’s interest and passion has laid a strong foundation.”
Chris Coleman is a drumming instructor at the College of Piping and has worked there for six years.
Coleman said for Austin’s young age, he has a complex understanding of drumming.
“Austin is a fantastic student. He’s very dedicated and incredibly talented.”
He believes a number of things have allowed Austin to get to where he is.
“He’s smart. He’s attentive in class. I think he has a great routine at home in terms of practice.”
He’s always a pleasure to have around, said Coleman.
“He’s quiet, but he certainly makes his presence known with his talent.”