Marvin McQuitty Jr is a big part of the reason I started playing the drums. Watching the ‘Pages Of Life’ live video by Fred Hammond changed my world & from then on I would listen to every record he played on & try my hardest to learn every chop.
What really impacted me though, was when a young boy (me) in 2002 had the opportunity to serve Marvin & be his drum tech for a run of UK shows. Gospel’s most prolific drummer of that time took time to speak into my life, encourage me & even give me sticks/spare heads etc & the icing on the cake was when he watched me play for the support act & gave me tips on how to improve my playing. Coming from my favourite drummer all of this meant the world to me.
From 2002-2012 when Marvin would come to the UK we would meet up & converse via email where he would always encourage me about the things of God, life/family/relationships & then drums… He really helped me to see that there’s more to life than drums & that while I could worship on/via the drums; it wasn’t tied to it. One of the things he said to me most from the first day i met him until he passed away was “Stay in His (God’s) face!”
Marvin continued to encourage me up until his passing away & throughout the 10 years I knew him, he continually sowed in encouragement, gear, tips, life counsel & more & for that i’ll be eternally grateful.
His mentorship & friendship in that period of my life impacted me in so many ways. I remember & honour Marvin’s legacy every time a musician young or old asks me for advice/tips etc (even though I’m nowhere near the musician or man that he was & achievements don’t even scratch the surface of his) & do my best to have some kind of seed to sow into them.
A documentary-style film has been made titled #TheRhythmOfLife by the people closest to Marvin & it will be inspirational to all whether you’re a musician or not. If you’ve been impacted by Marvin, support the cause… Even if you’ve never heard of him, trust me it will be worth watching. Pre-Order/Buy your digital download HERE!!!
“Uncle Marv” would’ve been 50 today. R.I.P – Happy Birthday.Tags: Documentary, Drummer, Drums, Film, Fred Hammond, Gospel, Israel Houghton, Legacy, Marvin McQuitty, Marvin McQuitty Jr, Modern Drummer, The Rhythm Of Life, Vickie Winans, Video