(864) 977-7000
 


Cat’s Got His Drum

Chase Tomberlin, a senior music major from Greer, SC, has more going on in his life than just going to class and studying. He has a part-time job, but not just any part-time job. He travels two times a week, maybe more, to Charlotte, NC to rehearse with the Carolina Panthers PurrCussion drumline, a percussion ensemble that performs during every Carolina Panthers home game.

“Being on the sideline of an NFL game is a lot of fun,” said Tomberlin.

He heard about the drumline from a friend he taught with through North Greenville Indoor Percussion, a non-profit youth percussion ensemble sponsored by North Greenville University. He auditioned in April, shortly after the end of the Indoor season.

“Getting to play again after having aged out from most ensembles in the percussion world has been a great opportunity. Also, I’ve enjoyed getting to work with a phenomenal staff and members,” he said.

PurrCussion is an 11-month commitment, which includes rehearsals, performing at all Panthers home games, and making charity and corporate appearances throughout the year. The group consists of snare drums, tenor drums, bass drums, and cymbal players.  

When asked how he juggles his class schedule around rehearsals and gamedays, he replies, “The Carolina Panthers is a great organization to work for and [they] do everything possible to make scheduling very straight forward for the drumline. Our schedule for the vast majority of our contract year is given to us at the start of the season.”

Rehearsals take place at the Bank of America Stadium in Charlotte on Tuesday nights and Sunday afternoons so he does not miss class.

“As for gamedays, the only conflicts I have had are the weeknight games and my professors have been more than willing to work around these days and let me make-up anything I missed from class,” Tomberlin added. “The community and corporate appearances throughout the year are booked based on the availability of the members.”

Tomberlin started playing drums at the age of seven. He became more serious about playing percussion when he was a student at Riverside High School. He has performed with NGU’s percussion ensemble, concert band, and orchestra, but is not currently.

When asked if he has had the opportunity to meet Cam Newton or any other Panther football stars,  he replied, “I haven’t met Cam [Newton] or Christian [McCaffrey], but I have met Luke Kuechly and Graham Gano."

PurrCussion members are required to re-audition every year and Tomberlin plans to be a part of it as long as he continues to make the line.

       

Related Stories


M.Div. at NGU Prepares Christians for Real-World Ministry
Program encourages students to apply in-class learning to their current ministries.

Miss NGU 2017 to be Crowned
Ten young ladies will compete for the title of Miss North Greenville University 2017 on Friday, January 20.  

NGU Ranks in Top 25 Most Affordable Online Master's Degrees in Human Resources
SR Education Group provides this resource to help students find and compare affordable online graduate programs.  

Governor to Speak at December Graduation
Governor Henry McMaster will deliver the commencement address at December 9 graduation.

Burkholder Fulfills Dream to 'Be a Light' on NGU Mission Trip to Middle East
The first time Matt Burkholder ever left the U.S. was on a plane to the Middle East.  

Q&A: Patricia Mercier, Dean of CAPS General Studies
Did you know that North Greenville University now offers online courses for adult students?

Sepko Tells NGU December Graduates to 'Learn from the Past, Look to the Future'
Retiring English professor Dr. Cathy Sepko told NGU’s December graduating class that, no matter how bleak their past has been, they should learn from it and look to the future.   

NGU Celebrates 125 Anniversary and Community at Red Carpet Gala
The university recognized donors who have shown exemplary service, commitment, and a lifetime of giving to NGU.