"I never really thought of being a professional musician," stated Harvey Mason. "Music is something I did for fun and enjoyment, and coming from a poor family, there was no way I was going to do anything that wouldn't make me a good living.
REO drummer Alan Gratzer was born in Syracuse, New York, and almost immediately displayed an interest in drums. After bugging his parents for a couple of years to get him a kit, they gave in and got him a toy set.
A person interested in playing percussion has a lot to choose from. First of all, a decision must he made as to which instrument should be studied. Will it be drum set, congas, vibes, timpani, or one of the many other percussion instruments?
No matter what style rhythm section a drummer plays in, it is essential that he or she lock in with the bassist.
No doubt it's somewhat of an exaggeration to claim that Eddie Marshall has played with all of the major jazz figures of the past two decades.
Tony Smith didn't own a set of drums until he was twenty. But then, he quickly made up for lost time, and eventually made his reputation with Jan Hammer and John McLaughlin.