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New Life for an Old Drum Set

New interest inspired by renewed instrument.

Writing music has always been second nature to me. But writing for a blog? As this is my first entry ever, we'll soon find out if this was a good idea!

As my profile description says, I've been a percussion instructor here in the Falls for a long time. So, I teach. But that's not all my passion entails. For example, I just finished returning to playable condition an old Rogers brand drum set for a newer student. Turns out, it was grandpa's old drum set that he used to play out with.

Then, as the story always seems to go, it was stored in hopes that someone else in the family may be able to use it. The drum set is an old Holiday series that was made in Cleveland, Ohio somewhere between 1964 and 1970. It was the top professional set that Rogers sold at the time. I'm not a drum historian by any stretch, but from my internet research, Holiday models, made in Ohio, are some of the most sought after "vintage" drums today.  The drums turned out beautifully, and after a thorough tuning, sound fabulous. When I played the set for my student and his Dad, their look was priceless. My time and effort just received payment.

Although these circumstances are rare, I love introducing the drums to a student in this fashion. The mostly forgotten instrument returned to former vitality with caring hands, then having my student watching while the drums are played, and all those old rhythms buried deep in the plies of the wood come roaring out once again. How inspiring to him!

The drums were taken home just a few days ago, and I can only imagine that their house isn't set at the same volume level as before. That's awesome. Tony has just taken his first step on a new musical journey. Bring it on!  

Who can guess where this new path will take Tony? I know this: for now, he's just having a blast playing on those old Rogers drums. From my perspective, who wouldn't?

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Jim Kube May 20, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Laura: It's wonderful that your dad impressed within you the joy of music. I'm so happy that you'll be able to see your father's drum set in action again. Thanks for sharing your thoughts regarding your father! You're right. Tony IS making your father proud! Jim
Jim Kube May 20, 2011 at 05:01 PM
Debe: Thanks for reading my blog! Yer a great big Sis. Your ears are still ringing...could you speak up? What? Jim
Jim Kube May 20, 2011 at 05:02 PM
Dave: Thanks for reading my blog! Your kind words are very encouraging! Jim
A-Fast May 28, 2011 at 03:32 PM
Jim, truly great story - I think its awesome how you described the emotional intensity of seeing a young child learning to play drums on a drum set that's probably 28+ years older than him. How cool - a member of the younger generation creating (or re-creating?) the drum sounds of the 1960's.
Jim Kube June 09, 2011 at 08:39 PM
A-Fast: Nice comments! Great perspective. Thanks so much for reading the story! Jim

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