Drummer Edgar Bateman Jr. has been around music his entire life. An aunt played piano, her husband played trumpet in jazz bands, and, ironically, his sister introduced him to the drums. She was in the drum corps, and, he says, "She brought some drumsticks home after the first practice they had, and she was showing me the beats they were playing on an oatmeal box. So that's actually how I got started."
From that inauspicious start, Bateman began to play regularly and his mother eventually relented. He joined the drum corps too. Getting his start in a structured setting gave him a foundation to build on