Re: Share your drumming story!
Well, at the age of 5, my mother decided I should try gymnastics. I took class there for about 3 months... and I still couldn't do a cartwheel.
She looked at me in the car one day after class and she said, "Well, I am going to give you a choice... you can either stick with this, or you can start drum lessons." Of course it wasn't even a question... I chose music. My older sister was in marching band and all I ever wanted to do was be on the drumline. My grandfather was also an amazing jazz/big band drummer in his day, so I already looked up to him. My mother told my sister's band director that I would be drum captain one day... A couple months later, I began lessons...
It was true, I made snare line at 14 and I did become drum captain of my high school drumline at 16. I played in college jazz band while still in high school... I played in anything and everything I could - musicals, orchestras, choirs, paid gigs, etc. I won a national band award - the John Phillip Sousa award. I even got a full ride into a local college... But like so many other young people, my personal life got the best of me and I lost my musical self along the way. Only for a little while though. I never quit playing.
27 years later... I am still at it. Looking to get into a band soon and begin a new chapter in my life. In my younger years, I would only refer to myself as a Percussionist... These days, I am cool with being a drummer.
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