ahhh this is such a nice thread. I have never really thought baout this before but now that I do its great!
ouch this is long winded
3rd Grade: Third Graders were allowed to pick an instrument and learn it for a year, then as fourth graders we could join the band.. I guess you could say that I thought all the other instruments were lame, so I picked up the old Remo pad and 3 dollar sticks and went on to lessons from the band teacher every thursday after school!
I played for all of fourth grade, then for some reason I stopped and didn't play in 5th.. I beleive it was either a lack of interest or I was doing so many sports it was unbearable, or maybe both. Either way, I stopped.
6th grade: I found my old sticks and pad and started diddling around before school started, and realized that I had been missing out. I rejoined the band, although now after that year of abcense, I was EXTREMELy behind my other 6th grade peers, but I more or less made up for it in my effort to get better. I still remember to this day playing an awesome floor tom part that nobody else could play!!
7th grade: On to middle school! The middle school for my school district had one of the best bands in the entire tri state area (or somethign along thsoe lines) I remember the 2nd week of "drum tryouts" bringing in my old practice book and doing some "imp[ressive" triplet exercises for my band teacher and I "made the cut!" Wasn't till later I found out that those were just personal assesments so she could see what we could do.. oh well.
Middle of 7th grade: I was doing extremely well and was KING (ok maybe not king but one of the two best!) of the percussion II table, which comprised of me and and my fellow seventh grade peers. The 8th graders got all the Percussion I snare, bass, timpani, etc by sheer intimidation of the 7th graders. However later on in the year I did get some snare time in, which was good, and the teacher liked me because I was studious.
end of 7th grade: Near the end of the year I saw the Jazz Band for our middle school play, and we had an amazing drummer. I guess thats when it really happened, because I later started looking around for drum lessons, but just casually.
Summer going into 8th grade: Begged the folks for drum lessons because I figured I wanted to play for the school jazz band the next year. I did get them, although going the better part of the summer without a kit and using the good 'ol air drumming. I did manage to get a set though, as an "Early christmas and birthday" gift plus i had to mow the lawn without allowance pay for like the next 2 years or something... Anyway it was a Pearl Export that was all screwed up, terribly tuned toms, only one hi hat cymbal, a splash, a crash with a rathe rlarge crack in it, and a Sabian Ride cymbal with most of the markings worn away. Dust was on e v e r y t h i n g .... As a consequence of the person who I bought it from, ;eaving it in his basement for like 3 years and not having touched it.
8th Grade: Continue with drum lessons from my teacher Tony Bartone (who happened to have learned personally from Justin DiChoCho although I never knew) focusing mainly on Jazz although getting a good deal of rock technique in. SHow up for Jazz tryouts in the begining of the year, and absolutley blow the teacher away. Later in the year, I got to go to the Manhatten School of Music to learn for a day from Justin DiChoCho, and see his PhilHarmonic Orchestra play. Supposedly oour Jazz Band had such a reputation that we got those types of special privelages! I was still only ythe 2nd drummer though, nto quite as good as the first seat guy.. But I did play alot of songs. I kept up lessons all year and got REALLY good by my standards. Also, this was the year I discovered Socom 2 online... ouch...
9th grade: Drum lessons were starting to bore me, as I felt I wasn't learning anything new and it was just wasted money at that point in time. I took a long break from drums and got distracted with, of all things, video games.. I think back and hate myself for it, because I was actually very good, then screwed myself over playing the computer and playstation.. uhg. In the middle of that year I thought to myself.. "Hey look its my set! Looks a little dusty but I'll hop on there, bust out an awesome beat or two, then get back to my life!" When I did get off of the set I was disgusted at how badly my skills deteriorated, and I was pretty much back at square one, performance wise. I remembered what I had been taught, busted out the workbooks, and started my re-hab for drums.
10th grade - present: Begining of tenth grade I was just about back into my normal groove, although I focused purely on rock with a little swing here and there.. This was a result of me discovering my first three musical loves. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was the first, I soon got all their albums. Next up was the The Who, I soon had all of their albums too (minus most of the compilations) and Led Zeppelin was the third and final love (soon had all their albums as well). I had always despised modern super punk/emo/garage/deathmetal/hardcore/screamo/ect (I have begun to appreciate more music now though). PRETTY MUCH anything that got played on my favorite Classic Rock radio station I liked, and everythign else I thought sucked. Midway through the year and I'm still rocking out every day after school and on 3/5 nights every week.. PLus now I get together with my friends who have all started becoming amazing at bass and guitar out of fucking nowhere and its really blowing my mind!
I do regret losing 90% of my jazz skills, but not to the point where I am trying to get them back as I see no use of them in my future, tbh. I still remember my 9th grade expirience with video games, and ever since, I do not play Counter Strike without my practice pad set up righ tnext to me (I get fragged - Start busting out some paramacdaddydiddles or something, just to stay in practice lol!) I try to do some moeller or one handed rolls on the nights when my folks are home.. My current aspiration as a musician and not only a drummer is to self teach myself some string instruments. I think I may spend like 20 bucks on some cheapo acoustic guitar to learn on, and I think I'm going to try to steal my friend's bass that he hasn't played since the first day he got it two years ago!
Thus, ends my story! lol
kit: Pearl Export
cymbs: Zildjian | Sabian
sticks: Vic Firth | Zildjian | Vater