JAPETH Aguilar could easily have been one of the world’s tallest drummers – if not the tallest – had he decided to pursue a career in music.
At 6-foot-9, Aguilar doesn’t mind sitting in a corner and making some noise with the drums - a passion which the Barangay Ginebra big man said he’s been pursuing at about the same time he started playing basketball.
The son of former PBA player Peter Aguilar was actually exposed to a lot of different musical instruments during his younger years when he was still active in church activities in his home province of Pampanga.
“Natuto ako sa mga kaibigan ko kung paano mag gitara and drums,” said Aguilar, who also plays the saxophone and clarinet, which was the first musical instrument he learned to play.
But it was with the drums that he fell in love with as it requires the synchronized movement of both hands and the feet.
“Pero pinaka-nahiligan ko yung drums kasi it’s more physical and you really need wind (when you play it),” said Aguilar.
He was once a member of a band back in Pampanga when he was still a kid.
“Sumali ako sa barangay namin, ‘Banda Dose’ nung Grade 5 pa lang ako,” he recalled.
He has not experienced playing in any band since then, although he once joined a group of friends in a jamming session around two years ago, with himself on the drums.
“Nakatugtog ako sa isang event. Niyaya lang ako ng mga kaibigan ko, siguro around two years ago na yun,” he said.
Aguilar still has a drum set at home which he plays from time to time.
But owing to his busy schedule now with Barangay Ginebra as the Kings gun for a third straight PBA Governors Cup as well as his stint with Team Pilipinas, the 31-year-old said he bangs the drums as some sort of therapy and relaxation.
“Hindi ako nagpo-progress kasi busy minsan,” he said smiling. “May mga alam lang akong fills, rudiments, and techniques, pero kailangan ko pang praktisin o masterin.”