NSU music media major and percussionist Dewayne Cowles recently received an endorsement from cymbal makers Soultone Cymbals. Soultone Cymbals, used by drummers around the country and in several international hubs, has added Cowles to their list of endorsers who include Nick Smith, drummer for rapper Snoop Dog; Steve Adler, Guns N’ Roses; George Johnson, Jr., Seal; Lawrence “LB” Breaux, with Robin Thicke; and Jerohn Garnett, Mariah Carey. According to Dr. Carl Haywood, chair of the NSU visual and performing arts department, Cowles is the first NSU student to receive such a designation.
Cowles hails from Newport News, Virginia, and has been playing drums since age five. Performing for local artists, honing his skills in jazz band camps, the percussionist was composing music by age 18. Currently, he performs with the NSU Vocal Jazz Ensemble. In 2015, Cowles was chosen to represent NSU’s percussion performance area during the music program’s reaffirmation of accreditation from the National Association of Schools of Music. Later in the year, he performed with the Mega Jazz Ensemble when they opened for Wynton Marsalis at the Virginia Arts Festival. He recently traveled to Los Angeles to perform with rap artist Sean Mason on the first-ever student-operated record label at an HBCU, Entertainment Alliance.
For more information about Soultone Cymbals, visit http://soultonecymbals.com. To hear Dewayne Cowles’ performance, visit https://youtu.be/DD_ewBlBDws or check him out at http://soultonecymbals.com/artist/dewayne-coles.