Last Friday, during the first week of Carrollton’s Band Camp, the students were privileged to a surprise visit by YouTube Celebrity Drummer, Casey Cooper. Casey, otherwise known as “COOP3RDRUMM3R,” to his more than 700,000 YouTube subscribers, was a former student of Carrollton Band Director, Chris Carr, when they both were at South Paulding High School.
Casey who is a native of Arlington, Texas, currently resides in Atlanta, Georgia and attends Georgia State University. Playing drums since he was a young child, Casey has now reach super star status in the drumming world thanks to a lot of hard work, dedication, and a passion for entertaining. His big break came when his cover of Skrillex’s “Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites” was voted to the top on the featured page at Reddit, garnering the video 1 million views in just 48 hours. As of January 2015 his YouTube channel was the most viewed and subscribed to YouTube drumming channel per day in the world averaging 190,000 views per day. His channel receives over 2.5 millions views every month, with some individual videos topping over 4 millions views alone.
Now 23, Casey still remembers his former band director fondly and is eager to give Mr. Carr credit for helping to inspire, motivate, and guide his development as a musician. Casey also embodies those qualities as he tries to inspire, teach, and share his love for the drums and music. During his visit to CHS Casey spoke with Carrollton band students offering them advice, motivation, and a living example that hard work, perseverance, and true passion can take you to incredible heights.
The Carrollton Trojan Band is very grateful to have had the opportunity to meet with Casey and we are also grateful to have his mentor, Mr. Carr, at the helm of our band program. Great things are in store for this historic band program and we couldn’t be prouder to be members and supporters of the Carrollton Trojan Marching Band.
To see Casey in action, make sure to visit his YouTube channel: https://www.youtube.com/user/COOP3RDRUMM3R