Fall 2011 Paiste Cymbals Scholarship Winner: Youngjun Hwang

     Youngjun Hwang, MI Drum Program Director/Senior VP Tim Pedersen 

The winner of the newly created Paiste Cymbals Scholarship at Musicians Institute is talented South Korea native Youngjun Hwang, whose expressive cymbal technique and mature musical approach helped him to garner the scholarship award.

Having played in bands since middle school, Youngjun is deeply passionate about drums and cites his main artistic influences as Dave Weckl, Aaron Spears (Usher) and Chris Coleman.

Asked why he chose to study in the Drum Program at MI, Youngjun states: “I’m really excited that I can learn from the world famous drummers here and I get to meet drummer friends from many countries.”

“As a recipient of this scholarship, I want to challenge myself to get better and try my best in being a great drummer.”

Youngjun’s vision for the future includes: “starting a pro Fusion band with some like-minded friends, and to be a musician who can give hope and encouragement to those who are less fortunate.”

Everyone at MI congratulates Youngjun on winning this prestigious scholarship award, and we welcome him as he begins his studies and enjoys the many great experiences ahead at MI!

Special thanks to our industry partner, Paiste Cymbals for generously sponsoring this scholarship, which helps to provide talented students like Youngjun with the support, tools and recognition they need to launch successful careers in the music industry.

To learn more about Paiste Cymbals, visit:  http://www.paiste.com/


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