Then tragedy struck; a broken finger! Just try practicing rudiments with one of your fingers in a cast! Still Phoenix was undaunted. His two aunts, Maryann Slaven, Denise Price, and his mother, Nikki Harley-Braun, were behind Phoenix all the way, transporting him to lessons, and encouraging him at every turn.
The summer flew by and the audition date loomed. The finger was out of the cast, and Phoenix redoubled his efforts. Lessons twice a week, practice twice a day. He passed the audition! Phoenix is now a Visual and Performing Arts student.
Please join us here at The Drum Smith along with Aunt Ree, Aunt Neicy, and his mom Nikki in congratulating Phoenix on a job well done!