I've been involved in the professional music business since 1970, but incredibly, still enjoy playing the drums anyway. I consider it very fortunate
that my Indianapolis grade school had a full band program and indoor plumbing as well. At age 12 the "music nun" yanked me from piano lessons
to play drums in the orchestra because no one else had exhibited any natural proclivity toward becoming the scapegoat in the school's traditional
losses at district band contests. Falling in love with the drums immediately, I demonstrated my interest and gratitude by ripping off drumsticks from
the school, using them at home to break the heads on a pair of Emenee bongos.
In order to protect the windowsills and tabletops, a drumset was soon provided and in no time, I was auditioning for my first band ("Do you know
the beat to 'Wipe Out'?" "Yeah." "OK, you're in.")