by Jazz Drummer LaFrae Sci
I was halfway through college and completely uninspired by the course
direction I had chosen. This lack of inspiration was reflected in my
grades to the point that Oberlin College sent me a letter saying that
I was academically suspended unless I appealed. I chose not to appeal
and returned home to Dayton, Ohio.
I took a job as a custodian at the Victoria Theatre because I liked
the idea of not having to work after 2pm and it was close to my
apartment located near the Dayton Art Institute. One morning I was
vacuuming the Cityfolk office when I noticed a job announcement on one
of the desks that was about to be posted. Cityfolk was hiring an
administrative assistant! Not having a computer at home, I sat down
in that office and used the Cityfolk computer to craft a resume, and
thankfully I was hired for the job.
During my time at Cityfolk I was inspired by the music, and
most especially the Jazz series curated by jazz master-mind, Dave
Barber. I had the opportunity to meet, speak with and attend
performances by some of the greatest legends of the music. This
experience inspired me to want to be a Jazz Drummer!
Inspired and focused, I returned to Oberlin and graduated while
working as intensely as possible to grow as a musician on my
instrument. After spending a few years gigging in the greater
Cleveland, Pittsburgh and Detroit areas, I made the decision to move
to New York City and test my mettle.
I have now been in NYC for 12 years. During this time I have
(fortunately) worked non-stop as a freelance player, and an
educational consultant internationally. I also write music and lead
my own group, The 13th Amendment. I am so grateful to be able to
bring the breadth of my experience and contribute back to my own
community through the Culture Builds Community residency. I am
certain I would not be where I am had it not been for the experience I
had at Cityfolk. It is truly one of the brightest gems in the gem
city! Thank you.