Evan Edmiston, manager of the Columbus Guitar Center and alumnus of the Music Production and Recording Industry program, has for the second year in a row donated exciting and valuable gear to the MPRI program and MDIA Sound. This year, Guitar Center donated a brand-new drum kit which is now available in the studio for students in music production classes (MDIA 2300, 3300, and 3305).
“Guitar Center prides itself in giving back to the music community and furthering the pursuit of musical education,” Edmiston said, “My position with Guitar Center allows me to give back to the place where I got my education in musical and audio production. We’re honored to be able to donate to institutions like Ohio University and give them access to the latest tools and equipment to help them learn and hone their craft and create the next generation of musicians and audio engineers.”
Edmiston further explained the impact that his time spent at OU had on his career and life after college. “My degree and experiences at Ohio University gave me the passion and skills necessary to be successful at my job here at Guitar Center,” he said, “the professors not only encouraged my personal growth, but also gave me the knowledge that enabled me to be confident when entering into the music industry as a career path.”
He added, “I would like to thank Eddie Ashworth, Jeff Redefer, and Josh Antonuccio for their tutelage and advice. My advice to anyone interested in pursuing a career in the music industry would be to acquire gear. Start building your rig or studio as soon as you can to prepare yourself for work to come. This was advice Eddie gave me and I took it to heart, I started with all the tools necessary to create and record music and continue following my dreams and goals.”
The School of Media Arts and Studies thanks Guitar Center for its generous donation. The new drum kit has already been used for numerous student projects and will be immensely valued during the current semester and beyond.