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Scott Drummond is retiring this week after more than 25 years as the campus activities director at Central Washington University. Drummond’s farewell show, featuring musical duo Seafarers, is at 7 p.m. Friday in the Student Union and Recreation Center Pit. The event is free and open to the public.

When he first started his career in campus activities, Drummond brought artists to perform live music in the old Samuelson Building “Pit” so he decided it would be fitting to end his career by bringing one of his favorite bands, Seafarers, to the SURC Pit.

“It’s exciting. It will be fitting,” Drummond said. “The Pit is social, right in the middle of the SURC. It’s a nice, open, fun atmosphere. We can all talk and walk around and visit.”

Seafarers is a band from Southern California, although the two musicians have ties to Washington state. Tyson Motsenbocker attended Whitworth University in Spokane and has performed several times at CWU. Sarah Grant is no stranger to CWU. She is an Ellensburg native and graduated from CWU in 2009. She also is Drummond’s daughter.

Grant said Seafarers has been together for about four years. Motsenbocker is signed as a solo artist full time, so they meet up and perform as Seafarers in between his tours and whenever they both have the time. They have performed together at CWU before.

“I grew up singing in church and loved it,” Grant said. “Tyson and I currently perform together a lot at a church in Carlsbad (Calif.). I speak for both of us in saying we feel incredibly grateful to be surrounded with such talented friends and musical influences.”

Drummond describes Seafarers’ genre as indie with some folk influences. Grant said they will perform a mix of Motsenbocker’s originals and some covers of popular songs. Drummond’s favorites include: “Footfalls” and “I Still Have To Go.”

“It’ll be a really fun set; some old and new stuff,” Grant said.

CWU has always had a special place in Drummond’s heart; he met his wife, Cheryl, here and graduated in 1979. Two daughters, Sarah (Grant) and Leah, grew up in Ellensburg. The whole family has attended CWU, and all have been involved in some aspect of student programming.

Drummond has worked with about 200 Campus Activities programmers over the years. He has also been responsible for close to 2,000 programs, not including collaborations and support of other departments’ events on campus. A couple of Drummond’s programs stand out for him.

“Monday Movie Madness” is one of the most successful college movie programs in the country. The program has drawn about 75,000 attendees since its inception and shows no signs of slowing.

“We started with goofy odd ball movies,” he said. “We had a hard time trying to find our night, but we landed on Mondays.”

He also helped with bringing a big-name performer back during Homecoming Week. He said the students wanted to bring back a major entertainer as the highlight for Homecoming. So, they worked towards making sure the tickets were at a reasonable enough price for students by getting support from Services and Activities to pursue higher profile acts.

Major entertainers in recent years have included Jay Leno, Drew Carey, Daymon Wayans, Dmitri Martin, Wayne Brady, Mary Lambert, Macklemore and Iliza Shlesinger.

Drummond said his favorite part of working at Campus Activities has been the students.

“I will miss the students, the daily interaction with the students,” he said. “Every time I come back to that. I have worked with some very wonderful people.”

Julia Moreno writes for the CWU publicity center.


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