Hailing from Merritt Island, Florida, Collin Fitzgerald began his professional music career not long after picking up the instrument. After watching his father bring strangers together at a campground with the power of a song, Collin was overwhelmed with inspiration. This inspiration has still not left Collin’s side, and it has been the motivator for every decision he’s made since. He was 15 years old when he started playing guitar, which is a fairly late start by most standards. However, he wasn’t going to let anything get in the way of himself and his dreams.
Collin began learning on his own and from his father for about a year. Then, he took private lessons from a jazz guitarist named Jason Cook. This fundamentally changed the way he looked at life and music. It was the most important thing that Collin had ever done. This taught him the power of having a great music teacher. It's not only gaining knowledge on your instrument but also finding wisdom to handle worldly problems.
His first time playing professionally was at a local playhouse in the pit orchestra for Rock of Ages. This certainly took blood, sweat, and tears to accomplish. This was only the beginning. Most recently, Collin just embarked on his first US Tour, which lasted for about a month.
At the University of Florida, Collin met his current bandmates, who formed a band called the Driptones. They have just recently moved to Atlanta to pursue music together up here. The Driptones have played numerous festivals, events, and showcases. It has been a journey, and the band has become something far bigger than any of them could have imagined.
Most of Collin’s knowledge comes from experience. Collin has played with multiple churches, pit orchestras, studio projects, indie bands in college, and many others. He would be a great fit to teach your students the wonderful gift of music. It truly is a beautiful thing, and more of it needs to be shared with the world. You just need to know how to find your song.