This entry is from Yuya Matsuda, a professional drummer out of Salem, OR. Thanks, Yuya, for submitting your tribute to Joss!
“My name is Yuya Matsuda. I’m originally from Torrance, CA, but four years ago I moved to Salem, OR. I’m a professional drummer with over 20 years of experience playing locally, nationally and internationally. I’ve played just about every type of music there is from rock to jazz, metal to hip hop, classical to electronic music, and everything in between.
I’m also a HUGE Joss Whedon fan. I’ve followed him since Buffy (which was filmed at my high school: Torrance High School). They filmed for the 4 years that I was there (I graduated in 2002). I’ve since watched everything he’s directed. I’m lucky enough to say I’ve gotten to see him in action while filming Buffy, and I’ve met the whole cast from Buffy. I remember his team asking us if we wanted to skip class, make $50 and be an extra when they were filming!
With that being said, I recently did a drum cover of “Rest In Peace” from the musical episode. It’s my tribute to Joss and kinda my way of sharing the love with all my fellow Joss fans!”