So at the University I play at, I've been getting lessons on technique from an ex-cavies member from back in the 80s. He's been having me play with the same technique used back then, is there any disadvantage to playing this way if I tried out for a DCA line this summer? Like would my technique be changed considerably for the lines?
Right now I'm play with a lot of wrist (Relaxed arms and fingers, tighter wrist), while always keeping my fingers on the stick, as well as playing at the last possible moment.
This is actually a great foundation. it's always easy to adjust techniques once you have wrist turn in place. The other way around is much, much harder.
Definitely. I haven't learned from TOO many schools of thought in the drumming world, but all the technique's I've been exposed to start with a solid wrist turn. What goes on after that may vary, but there's nothing wrong with learning to crank the wrists!
If anything, I'd say to be prepared to loosen up the arms and get those a little bit more involved in the stroke. That seems to be one of the bigger differences between "old school" drummers that I've seen and more modern techniques.