In addition to drums, which he started playing in the seventh grade, he also has experience on the piano, clarinet and saxophone.
“I wanted to play drums because they seemed fun, so I gave it a shot, and it was fun, so here I am,” he said.
Eddie Gaudet, 18, is also saying goodbye to the high school group tonight, something he said hasn’t registered with him yet.
“It will definitely hit me once I get there,” said Gaudet, who started officially playing drums in the third grade but said he has been banging “pots and pans since I was 3.”
The Merrimac resident and Pentucket graduate said he will miss the camaraderie of the group the most, particularly the moments they spend together on the road. The group often plays at The Governor’s Academy in Byfield and will kill time at the playground there between setting up and performing.
“Some of the best moments are before the show,” Gaudet said. “We all just hang out. It’s nice to form a close bond with everyone.”
“I love the time when we’re all traveling in the van together,” said Zach Field, who started his studios in West Newbury in 1999. “It just feels like one big family.”
Gaudet, who plays double seconds, is heading off to the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he plans to continue his music education and eventually make a career out of it.
“It sounds selfish, but I just want to play for me,” he said.
And Gaudet won’t leave Zach Field Drum Studios all together. Next summer, he will play with the Plum Island Pans, the studios’ faculty group. Field said he also is thinking about starting an alumni group that he hopes Gaudet will be a part of.
Tonight’s concert will be a good learning experience for the younger bands, Field said.