For drummer Michael Harris, school is merely a means to an end — to make it big in the music world.
Like many students on campus, Harris, along with fellow students Josh Tassinari and Zach Wright, has a number of passions branching in and out of the realm of what college can offer. For these three students, the overwhelming passion is music.
The three have been in a local band called A Shattered Symphony, along with Jeremy Teel and Adam Pierce, for more than two years.
With influences ranging from Dave Matthews to Attack! Attack!, from The All-American Rejects to The Devil Wears Prada, Harris’s rock band has a rather mixed genre that it brings to the table.
With the addition of lead singer Teel in August, the band feels confident in its future.
Citing future plans such as being on the radio, and even a strong desire to play in the Super Bowl Halftime Show, Harris isn’t short of expectations for his band.
For A Shattered Symphony though, expectations are only a small component of the band’s definition of success.
“[A Shattered Symphony is] here to show that sometimes doing what you love is worth all the struggles,” Harris said.
“We’re here to do what we love and to touch as many people as possible.”
The band has seen some amount of success in the classical sense. A Shattered Symphony made headway while being a part of Kattfest Band Beatdown presented by Rock 100.5.
“We played with amazing local bands,” Harris said of his experience there. “It really got us good connections with a bunch of local promoters.”
On a personal level, Harris has no shortage of career goals either. The Film and Video Production major plans to open his own music venue one day.
“Something like the Diamond Ballroom with weekly concerts where local Oklahoma City bands get to open and play with the big bands,” Harris said. “Something just to give them a boost to help start their careers.”
The Diamond Ballroom, located at 8001 South Eastern Ave. in Southeast Oklahoma City, is a music venue that has hosted many national acts for more than two decades.
With a record on the horizon and a tour to boot, Harris plans on drumming to the tune of a successful band one day.
Harris said of his plans for his future, “My goal is to be playing out of state and generating a good profit for ourselves.”
Prior to the release of their album, Harris and A Shattered Symphony can be heard online at www.myspace.com/ShatteredOKC, www.shatteredokc.com, and www.youtube.com/ShatteredOKC.