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I Was a Teenage Drummer

The Slingerland floor tom from my first drum set.

When I was 13, my mother asked if I wanted to play a musical instrument. She no doubt hoped I’d take up guitar or piano or something quiet. One day, my best friend Josh played me the new Cheap Trick at Budokan album. The moment I heard Bun E. Carlos’ snare drum intro to “I Want You to Want Me,” I was hooked. I wanted to be a drummer.

My parents agreed to buy me a drum set. We drove to Valley Arts Music in Studio City…

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