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- May 10, 2018
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- Bluefield, VA
Always enjoy your playing in the videos you post. Saw your name pop up a few times in the DiMuzio book. Good stuff.I turned 60 last December. I started playing drums in 1972 at age 11 and am self taught. I joined my first band at 13 and played semi-pro and professionally until my mid 20s when I moved to Los Angeles and started working in the drum industry. Ironically I moved to LA to pursue music, but my life and career took left a turn. By the early 90s, I stopped playing drums due to the time demands (travel etc) of my last job.
I worked for three well-known companies in the drum industry over the course of almost 30 years, met a lot of great people and made many lifelong friends and was paroled in 2013 for good behavior (I retired/got out).
In 2014 I joined a band with several old friends that I first played with back in 1975 in my second band. I had to basically start over which was a great experience. We worked every weekend before Covid and things are looking good for us to pick up where we left off. I also started collecting vintage drums and cymbals somewhere along the way and that’s been fun.
Last year during Covid lockdown I started doing a live show on Facebook where I chat with some of my old drummer pals and it’s grown into a fun little endeavor.
I’m probably leaving out a lot of stuff but that’s about it. Oh yeah, my two children, two grandchildren and wife are the best things that ever happened to me.
I’m 71, been playing since age 11. Took what I called formal lessons from a wonderful gentleman who drilled rudiments and sight reading into me. Played in high school dance, concert and marching band. Played in the US Navy band in boot camp. Also played in two Pipe bands, thanks for those rudiment lessons so many years ago. Drum set hasn’t really changed in all those years. Did any number of gigs in several bands during my lifetime and still love playing classic rock. Have had the pleasure of becoming pretty close friends with the Chief over the years and miss him. Met J Cat and my buddy Chuck from Ludwig dozens of times and always had a blast with them. Met Bun E several times & enjoyed our chats.Hello! Here lately I’ve been wondering who I’m talking to! Figure some of us may be weekend warriors and some may be playing on billboard top 40 hits! I thought it would be really cool if everybody could just post a few sentences about their musical endeavors and maybe some highlights and what not… I’d really like to learn more about y'all's drumming career!
I’ve been playing 21 years (33 now). Played in a couple bands in my teens/twenties. Made some albums and toured sparingly. Now i mainly do church drumming and play on my own in my drum room. I’d like to get another band going but there’s not too many pickers here in Bluefieid!
How about you guys?