I don't know how many realize it anymore, but this forum sprang from the ashes of another forum called the DCI forum.I could be the oldest gigging drummer on this forum at 78 but never worry about it.
I wasn't saying I can no longer play. All I have done for the past 4 years is trio and quartet lounge jazz. I'm just saying that the days of kicking a 7 or 8 piece horn band in an up-tempo funk groove for over five minutes is no longer gonna happen. No stamina. No over the top energy without a cardiac event.Interesting point there above about listening to what was played in earlier years and what today is like. My own journey through the years moved me into genres that I could handle well rather than try to do what I did in earlier years in different genres. e.g from rock through to dixieland then to bop and now to acoustic trios where brushes are more the norm. In simplifying my playing to "feel" and supportive sounds rather than energetic showmanship I honestly feel that I am - in my own way - better as a time keeper and rock solid rhythm player than at any other time. And making a trio swing today is as much fun as any rock band gig ever was.