It's been four months since the mass shooting in Las Vegas. Drummer Rich Redmond was on stage when the gunman opened fire, killing 58 people. Thursday night, he was on a different stage locally as part of MVCC's cultural series giving student's his 'C.R.A.S.H.' course for success.
In front of a packed Schafer Theater, Redmond explains that C.R.A.S.H. stands for: commitment, relationships, attitude, skills and hunger and how it applies to achieving your goals and dreams.
Now Redmond is a man of many talents in the music industry, as well as a motivational speaker. But you might know him best as the drummer for country singer Jason Aldean.
Last October, Aldean and his band were performing at the Route 91 Harvest music festival in Las Vegas when a gunman opened fire. Redmond said he does talk about the tragedy in his speeches but never uses it as a selling point.
"I do mention it in the sense that the C.R.A.S.H. concept got me here and the C.R.A.S.H.concept will keep me here, it's relevant, it keeps you happy, keeps you moving forward in a positive direction," said Redmond. "Luckily 60 members of the organization that I play with were unharmed and so you reevaluate your life and you say, 'you know what? For the next 20-30 years, whatever I have, I'm gonna do some really fun, special, important stuff.'"
Throughout the evening, he kept the crowd rocking with incredible performances. He even gave away a pair of drumsticks to a fan.
While Redmond uses his experience in the music business as an example, what's really cool is that his message of positivity, motivation, determination and reaching your goals applies to everyone.