The following season will anticipate the debut of multi-talented athlete David Bennett Galloway III in collegiate football. He was a standout on the football and track teams in high school. Galloway was honored for his on-field prowess and academic accomplishments during his four years of high school.

Sports background

In his senior year of high school, Galloway participated in track and football at Chapin High School in Chapin, South Carolina. He played football from 2018 to 2021. Given that the two seasons occur at different times, participation in two sports involves a long-term commitment to physical health. He attributes his involvement in track to helping him become a faster running back, while football gave him more strength to overcome new obstacles at track meets.

Academic Background

David Bennet Galloway III of Chapin was honored as a WACH 57 scholar-athlete of the week for his academic and athletic accomplishments. Excellent academic records, extracurricular successes, and athletic prowess were requirements for the award. In the spring of 2022, Galloway graduated from Chapin High School.

Professional Experience and Skills

Galloway saw the value of tenacity at a young age and dedicated himself to moving through the rankings and playing collegiate football.

Both a demanding training schedule and building the stamina necessary to sustain lengthy football games require dedication. He embraces both the preparation and the competition, from adhering to a thorough strength training regimen to drilling for speed and monitoring his diet for the greatest performance possible. His role as a running back specifically calls for speed, agility, and balance. To get to the end zone, a running back must pivot, maintain focus, lunge, and push through.

Galloway’s capacity to persevere in challenging situations and be true to himself while playing for a larger squad was also developed via sports. The power to make split-second judgments on the field remains with every player on every team, but playing in a team sport requires embracing the shared objective and accepting instruction without grumbling. He gained the ability to make sound decisions under duress by weighing the pros and cons of failing.
Early development of these skills facilitates advancement in collegiate and professional athletics as well as other career routes.

What is your hobby?

I have many hobbies, such as weight training and running or doing lake sports with my family, but I recently have discovered that I really enjoy playing the piano. It’s kind of funny because it is starkly different from anything I’ve ever been interested in before, but it is something I could spend hours doing and have spent hours doing. It’s the easiest instrument to learn but the hardest to master.

How did you get started with this hobby?

My sister Katie has always been interested in playing the piano. One day she bought herself a keyboard, and I could hear her trying to play. It sounded fun and relatively easy to learn so I thought I wanted to try it out as well. I would go sit in front of the keyboard and mess around watching YouTube tutorials on how to play easy songs like “Still Dre” by Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg and the intro to the TV show “The Office.”

Once I got the hang of them, YouTube suggested some other songs for me to learn so I just kept on learning and don’t really have any intentions of stopping anytime soon. Katie ended up gifting the piano to me because I was playing it so frequently and was learning at such a rapid rate. She and I have really similar in our hobbies and tastes in music. One of our favorite songs is “Jackson” by Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash. We sang it at her wedding just before our whole family got on stage to sing a song my parents sang at their wedding with their families. It’s such a fun tradition that I hope to carry on when I get married. I may learn to play “Jackson” on the piano, but it doesn’t sound quite right. I think it was just meant to be played on guitar and sung.

I haven’t tried my hand at guitar yet; Katie has one of those as well that she can’t play either. It’s really difficult to put the right amount of pressure on the strings, so the noise doesn’t come out muffled or flat.

Tell us what you love about your hobby.

I like playing the piano because it’s a challenge. No matter how much you play or how many songs you learn there will always be more songs that you can learn or more complicated songs to try your hand at.

Then, once you’ve mastered a song you’ve been trying to learn, you feel a great sense of accomplishment. It’s also a cool trick to bring out anytime there is a piano around. Being able to sit down and play a song that everyone knows and loves is a great feeling. It can really bring a group of people together. It is just fun seeing people light up at the recognition of a song.

Right now, an easy one that I’ve learned that people know the second I begin to play is “When I Was Your Man” by Bruno Mars. It has a beautiful sound and a strong start that everyone recognizes.

What types of things/equipment have you spent money on for your hobby?

Fortunately enough for me, I haven’t had to spend any money on my hobby thus far. My sister, Katie, was extremely generous in gifting me the keyboard when she realized that it was something that I had an interest in. She was planning her wedding and working every day, so she didn’t have much time to practice herself. When she heard everything I had learned, she was glad to support the hobby.

I just learn by watching YouTube tutorials -which are free- you just need access to wifi and either a smartphone or a computer to access the videos.

What are some of your favorite places to shop for your hobby?

Walmart is a pretty good and inexpensive option. You can also find pretty much anything on Amazon. If you have a local music store like Guitar Center, that would also be a good option; that is where Katie bought the one she ended up gifting to me. They can help you pick out a keyboard, and you could maybe try it out before you purchase.

When I’m ready to play on an actual piano and not just a keyboard, there are some excellent options to buy pianos on the Facebook marketplace that are in good condition at a fraction of the price most stores offer. I have played on actual stand-up pianos before. They have a much different feel to them than a keyboard.

The keys are much heavier, and they hold notes for a more extended amount of time, so when you accidentally mess up, it’s not as forgiving as a keyboard. The weight of them takes some adjusting because you have to be more intentional about the keys you’re pressing and the keys you want to avoid. On a keyboard, you only have to slightly touch a key for it to produce the note you want.

How much money have you invested into this? How much would a beginner have to invest to get started?

You could get started with this hobby for under $100. You can find an inexpensive keyboard, and then all you need is the internet. I got lucky with a generous sister who gave me her keyboard, so I did not have to spend a dime. I wouldn’t say there is an amount one “should” or “should not” spend. It’s just whatever you’re comfortable with.

You obviously could spend tons of money on an actual standing piano or a luxurious grand piano, but if you’re not in a position where you can buy either one of those things, there are more attainable ways to buy a cheaper option.

Are there any good books for beginners?

I would say to go on YouTube. You can find whatever you need. You could buy sheet music for beginners and learn how to read that to start as well. If you learn to read sheet music, then you’ll be able to sit down and play anything once you get the hang of reading the notes.

The only negative with teaching yourself from the book or by watching YouTube is that no one is there to teach you proper finger placement, so you learn bad techniques. Bad techniques aren’t going to stump you on most intermediate songs, but if your goal is to play classical piano, having bad techniques could be an obstacle you would have to overcome.

So, if your end goal is to play the greats like Mozart or Chopin, I would maybe suggest getting lessons.

Are there any online videos you recommend to help beginners?

If you’re just beginning, I would just suggest picking one of your favorite songs and then typing the name into YouTube with “piano tutorial” attached to the end.

The great thing about YouTube is that it offers so many different ways to play a song that has different difficulties. They even have some classical songs that are watered down enough so that anyone can learn how to play them. It isn’t the exact same sound, obviously, because you’re only doing a fraction of the difficulty, but everyone needs to start somewhere.

How has your hobby changed your life?

This hobby has had a significant impact on my life. I used to continually stare at a screen all day, whether it was playing video games or looking at social media in the form of TikTok, Snapchat, or Instagram. It was draining and unfulfilling to just sit there and waste hours of my life at a time. Spending that time learning a skill is just such a better use of my time. It’s something I’ll be able to build on and learn for the rest of my life. The memorization and the manual dexterity skills I’ve learned definitely help in other areas of my life, like school and playing sports. When I spent time on social media, I felt drained all the time because I knew it wasn’t a good use of my time. Building skills through learning is a much more fulfilling use of my time and gives me a new appreciation of everything. It also has made my sister and me closer.

I’m one of four. Three girls and I’m the only boy, two older sisters, and a younger sister. I would say my being interested in piano has brought us all a little closer. My oldest sister, Katie, is the one who gave me the piano. I always enjoy calling her to show her new songs I’ve learned on the piano and see if she can guess the song. Sometimes she’ll give me song recommendations as well. She really enjoys classical music, so I’ve been trying to learn a version of Moonlight Sonata by Beethoven with a medium difficulty to show her.

My other older sister, Mary Grace, also knows a song on the piano. She sang and played “Love song” by Sarah Bareilles at her school talent show in elementary school. Sometimes when I’m playing, she’ll come in and play a few notes of that song. My youngest sister, Madeline, has also shown interest in some songs when she hears me play. I’ve taught her a few chords of “Moonlight Sonata” that she likes to play for her friends when they come over. It’s been super rewarding to be able to spend this time with my sisters and grow closer as a family because of this shared interest that we all have.

What advice do you have for others starting out with this hobby?

If you’re just starting, know that it will be difficult. It takes some time to learn the basics and set a good foundation to grow and learn on. The beginning is the hardest because you are not only learning the keys and how to hold your hands in a way that works for you but also learning to work both hands simultaneously. That was definitely something I had to adjust to. I would learn my right hand first for a few notes, and once I had the keys down with my right hand, I would go back and fill in the missing notes with my left hand.

It takes a long time to master both of the hands together, but once you do, it becomes second nature. It’s like muscle memory; after you practice so many times, your hands just know precisely what they’re doing without you really having to think of anything. This doesn’t happen without practice, though. I practice for hours every day because it’s something that I love the challenge of, but I don’t think it’s necessary for everyone to play this much. I would say starting off with about 30-40 minutes a day is pretty standard and doable for most people. I would recommend starting with easy songs. You don’t absolutely have to start with easy songs; if you want to jump straight in and start out with a more complex song,

I truly believe you can learn to play it; you just have to understand that it will take a much longer time to learn each of the hands, put them together and play the entire length of the song. Definitely don’t give up! It’s difficult, and you’ll have good days and bad days, but the satisfaction of being able to play makes the practicing and difficulty worth it.