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- Apr 15, 2016
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Dude, you're a friggin' God! I got drafted right outta college. I got drafted by my siblings into playing the drums. Uncle Sam made into a Corpsman after boot. Then sent Greenside 8404 to the 2nd Marines/24th MAU. Eventually got pulled outta there because I knew enough corrupt Arabic, Farsi and Dari to get assigned to a medic-less UN peacekeeping unit in Eastern Africa. I was disposable! There I drum-battled it out on a beat-up Premiere drum set against the bad-guys' Djembes when we weren't pressed into pulling triggers on them! I learned to master their rhythm on the M-60.I was in A School in the service and they had "duty skeds" that we had to fill. I asked around and if you played in the military band, you didn't have to stand duty.
I jumped at it.
I didn't read percussion music. But, I convinced them I had been behind the kit long enough to be able to play the bass drum. Sure enough, after an audition, they trusted my ear and I was able to mesh into the band without any issues. I didn't have sheet music cards like the rest of them. I just had the names of the songs on a single card and played what felt right in the moment. They gave me an award for my contribution. It was actually a lot of fun.
I played a few gigs in the five or six months I was there.
Excellent trade-off. A few gigs on the bass drum and I stood ZERO mids. Awesome!!!