MongrelMember Since 03 Oct 2016
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54... Started "playing" drums after 6 years (3rd to 8th grades) as a frustrated elementary school trumpet player. Basically when the band director handed out the "pick your instrument" forms in third grade I picked "drums". Dad said "No, trumpet or saxophone". Dad left in March of 1978 and I somehow managed to find a local kid selling a few pieces of a drum set for $30. (Wish I still had the Gretsch snare drum I got with it). Sometimes divorce allows you to pursue your dreams lol.
"Played" (banged on?) drums from 14 to 17, had a major life "crash" due to drug usage and my own stupidity. Played off and on for about 5 years after that. 2nd major life crash, again-dope and stupidity. God found me, put my feet on a rock, gave me a wonderful wife and three wonderful kids all of whom I don't deserve. Didn't play seriously again until 2005 or so I guess. Had some advice early on "hold your sticks like this", "try this", etc. no lessons per se. This was before the age of the internet and it wasn't easy getting good info or teaching on your own back then. My own laziness mostly is to blame. "Nobody's fault but mine" for not having a better foundation, but that's what happens when you major on partying and minor on playing. Mostly what I did was hang out with a group of pretty good musicians who "jammed" ALL the time... Like for four hours at a time. I attribute any success I have to the Lord and to the guys I jammed with over the years. Never have considered myself a "real" drummer, just a guy who fakes it pretty well....
Currently working with a folk-duo "Arrow and Ember" providing percussion and drums for their originals and hymn adaptations. Play drums with them for Worship at a local church. In a conversation with another group to start doing more worship and originals with them-more of a contemporary "pop" style.
Gear-wise I have a mixture of pre-1970 Rogers and two Tama kits (old Stagestar bop kit, and a Birch Starclassic Performer kit). Zildjian, Sabian, and a couple Meinl cymbals.
VERY Thankful for DFO and all the guys and gals here so willing to share their expertise, experience, and wisdom with the rest of us.
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South Jersey, USA