Sours has the music in him

(04-21-2009)

Without missing a beat, Daniel Sours, Adams State College music major, picked up the tempo as a freshman and has drummed along ever since. An instrumental performance major with an emphasis in composition, Sours entered the Music Building inquiring about violin lessons, still unable to read music. That was his second semester of college, now, as a senior, Sours participates in nearly all the instrument ensembles.

Sours' senior recital, 7 p.m. Thursday, April 30, in Leon Recital Hall will include a mallet instrument and timpani. "I could not imagine playing anything else but percussion. When I started, I didn't even know how to hold the sticks."

James Doyle, percussion and jazz band director, said Daniel was the first student he met when he started teaching percussion at Adams State. "What still amazes me is that Daniel didn't play percussion in high school, yet will be performing some of the most difficult marimba repertoire on his senior recital in a couple of weeks. His progress, from inexperienced with potential to experienced and playing graduate level repertoire, has been a joy to witness."

"Mr. Doyle has an excellent approach to teaching," Sours said. "He exposes us to a little of everything and make us well-rounded percussionists."

An Antonito High School graduate, Sours works at Evergreen Nursing Home 32 to 36 hours/week, teaches private lessons, and has on-campus employment, helping with performances sound recordings.

At the age of 16, Sours nearly started his career in music. He bought his first drum set only to donate it to his sister and cousin so they could attend wrestling and volleyball camps. Along with developing a love of percussion, Sours also met and married Brittany Sours, a music education major with an emphasis in music performance, at Adams State.

"I can always count on Daniel to rise to any musical situation, and bring a high level of musical maturity," Doyle said. "Whether it's soloing on vibraphone with the jazz band, playing all of the pans in the steel drum band, drum set in the pep band, snare drum in the marching band, or being a marimba soloist, Daniel is always the 'go to' musician."

Following his graduation, spring 2010, Sours said he wants to pursue a master's degree. "I approach music from an analytical perspective but once the piece is memorized -- I play from the heart," Sours said.