BY C.S. HOWARD
Gerald Law, II is self-employed as a professional drummer/music instructor in the Orlando, Florida area. He owns and operates Gerald Law Music, LLC, which provides qualify entertainment in the fields of live performances and studio sessions, as well as high caliber music education and tutoring through private instruction. He is currently in his second year.
Gerald is a 2009 graduate of Westcoast School for Human Development. He was active in the Sarasota Youth Orchestra Program for three years, active in the Mentor Me Program, Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leader’s (S4TL) and served as Student Body President. He had an opportunity to work as an assistant engineer on a gospel album titled “The Report Of The Lord” by DeWayne Harvey and Greater Blessings, and did shows with American Idol’s Syesha Mercado. He was also the drummer for Westcoast Black Theater Troupe where he gained experience in the musical theater realm. He graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jazz Studies from Florida State University, Tallahassee, and while there, he performed in many festivals and events and served as drummer for a special orchestra project featuring a jazz trio and vocalist composed by FSU’s own Brian Gaber titled “Ancestral Waters”.
Since college, Gerald successfully started his own business while building a career as a musician. “Through persistency and the relationships I have been able to build since moving to Orlando, I have had the opportunity to perform on platforms such as the House of Blues, BB King’s Blues Club, Hard Rock Café, and a personal favorite to date, having the opportunity to perform in the Florida Grammy Showcase with AleX the Singer,” he said. “These things are only the beginning and, please believe that I represent Sarasota everywhere that I go.”
Music has always been a part of Gerald’s life. He had a strong musical influence at Westcoast and many who attended there have gone on to make a career out of it. “Once I decided my senior year in high school that I wanted to pursue music full time, all of the experiences that followed began to open my eyes and really made me fall in love with music,” he said. At FSU, we were required to attend about at least 15 recitals a semester. Because we had to work this many attendances into our schedules – which did not include the ones we participated, we would end up going to orchestra concerts or vocal ensembles or world music ensembles or dance recitals or single instrument recitals, etc.. Through this requirement, my ears were opened to so many different approaches to music and as I continued to study them and have conversations with my peers that specialized in those particular styles, it expanded my appreciation for ALL music. Knowing that I am able to inspire people through my story both through my physical actions and my musical expressions is what continues to drive my passion.”
Gerald’s long term plans include release of his album. “Five years from now, I will have at least two projects released and in circulation (my EP and debut full album). I also see myself touring both nationally and internationally with various artists, as well as recording on their albums. I also see my student base being expanded and having other drummers teaching through my brand (Gerald Law Music) to continue inspiring your drummers t h a t this life is a sustainable one with guidance, a persistent work ethic, strong positive relationships, and PASSION!”
Aside from work, Gerald is involved with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Florida as a mentor. He is the son of Gerald and Valarie Law.
To what do you attribute your success?
The success I have been able to achieve is a combination of a few things. First, I believe that the favor I have been granted is through my faith in God. But, along with that favor, I make sure that I constantly work hard to be prepared for whatever door opens. The phrase, “Faith without works is dead” resonates in my head everyday. I have also been blessed to have parents who have supported me every step of the way. They have never attempted to steer me away from pursuing music full time. Their advice to me was that if this was something I was truly serious about, I would have to work in a way that would bring it to life.
What advice do you have for a young person today?
Hard work really does pay off. It may seem like a cliché, but we are very powerful when we believe in our own abilities. Develop genuine relationships with the people you encounter and study your craft. You never know the exact day that opportunities will present themselves, but not being prepared when the time comes should never be the case. Always be growing!