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Old 04-16-2008, 06:04 PM
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Default Over 40 Club

How many out there are in the over 40 club? I myself am 41 and still feel like a 12 year old behind the drums.
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Old 04-16-2008, 06:23 PM
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Finally! A club I'm glad I can't get into!!

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Old 04-16-2008, 07:14 PM
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I am having a gas. I am playing stuff I should have played 25 years ago. A neighbour of mine has been learning guitar for the last couple years and we have been having some Jam sessions that are priceless.
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Old 04-16-2008, 07:46 PM
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I'm 43, playing since 18. And I used to think I got a late start!
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Old 04-16-2008, 09:12 PM
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Isn't that what Senior member under my name means? I'm 60 in 30 days.
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Old 04-16-2008, 10:35 PM
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By 11 years................
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Old 04-18-2008, 04:35 AM
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I'll be 54 on the next 9/11....
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:09 AM
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54 and still having a ball playing drums. I was in a funk during the 80's and some of the 90's with commitments and all but I have rediscovered myself and find myself practising again and feel I am playing better now than I have in years. Now to get rid of this beer gut!!!
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Old 04-18-2008, 05:27 AM
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48 and just got back to playing after 25 years, its not the years its the mileage that hurts lol
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:46 PM
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49 in a few days... although it pains me to say so ;-) Playing since 16 but dropped out for a handfull of years in the middle.

I'm back to playing, enjoying it more, being more focussed, (sp?), best kit I've ever owned.. I have to say..... even on the days when I don't feel like my chops are improving, my appreciation for drumming certainly is..

Drumming.., finer than frogs hair.
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Old 04-18-2008, 09:51 PM
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I'm 22 but I feel like I'm over 40, does that count? hehe
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Old 04-19-2008, 02:09 AM
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I'm 41.

My 20's were good,30's even better but I am starting off my 40's really well.

Here's to long life !!!
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Old 04-19-2008, 02:17 AM
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I'm 59 in September. Still love hard rock.
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Old 04-19-2008, 03:23 AM
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I'll be 52 in June, still loving playing the drums and having a blast playing in a contemporary christian rock band. We play every week and we are all over 40.

Only thing that has changed for me is the wear and tear humping equipment! I was playing in my fathers band at 13 and have been "roadying" since...stuff doesn't get any lighter!

We're not getting older....we're.....darn, getting older!

Ah it's all a state of mind!

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Old 04-19-2008, 04:27 AM
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44 here. i stopped playing from about 22 till 35 - but really picked it up again. Wish I had kept going all the way through - now I can't get enough. I appreciate playin' music a lot more now that I have so much else going on in my life - family, job etc. No way am I stopping again...
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Old 04-19-2008, 05:23 AM
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I'm 54. And I'm just getting my ride cymbal happening.
I have a band that plays my original jazz tunes. We're about to record a CD. We're great! The summer is looking pretty good.
I've basically left all the Bb gigs behind me. I did it long enough.
The ride cymbal is everything. I've been through every damn way there is to play it, and I'm just starting to play it like ME. An amazing intrument, the ride cymbal. So deep!
Jazz is cool in the way that it keeps you going, keeps you questioning and learning.
I've never been what you would call a joiner, but, okay. I'll gladly and proudly join this little club.
Only one thing: does it serve alcohol? And can you smoke?
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Old 04-19-2008, 06:13 AM
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I'm 54. And I'm just getting my ride cymbal happening.
I have a band that plays my original jazz tunes. We're about to record a CD. We're great! The summer is looking pretty good.
I've basically left all the Bb gigs behind me. I did it long enough.
The ride cymbal is everything. I've been through every damn way there is to play it, and I'm just starting to play it like ME. An amazing intrument, the ride cymbal. So deep!
Jazz is cool in the way that it keeps you going, keeps you questioning and learning.
I've never been what you would call a joiner, but, okay. I'll gladly and proudly join this little club.
Only one thing: does it serve alcohol? And can you smoke?
LOL - The one and only rule is it's minimum age requirement.
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Old 04-19-2008, 07:00 AM
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46 playing 30 years, and still loving it
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Old 04-19-2008, 10:07 AM
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45 in a few months. JUst picking up the drums. less than a year into it. I started playing guitar 30 years ago. I find myself wishing I had picked up the drums instead.
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Old 04-21-2008, 04:29 AM
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I started when I was 5 ' and 60 some years later '
I'm still working //// Loveing the Drums even more .
I look forword to playing every day ////
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Old 04-21-2008, 06:35 AM
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Staring at the big five O coming right at me.. I bumped into an old school pal who I was seeing after about 35 years.

I asked him what he'd been up to all these years and he said " You know, I'm still trying to figure out what to do with my life"

" That makes it the two of us", I said.
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Old 04-21-2008, 10:10 AM
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I'll be 51 in Septemer, the 16th to be exact. I still love to play as much as ever and I find that I still love to experiment with sounds, although 99% of the time I end up coming back to what I started with.
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:14 AM
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Mid forties here. 44 to be exact.

I begand playing many years ago, 28 or so. Over the years I saw my share of the idiocy of this biz. For a while I was in a very popular band. Playing on TV, to large audiences etc. Was ripped off a LOT of money. Signed autographs while forgetting how to spell my name. Took coke (foolishly) before my 1st TV appearence. I tell you, it was the real cliche.

Later I worked doing sessions and lots and lots of touring for various idiots with a few decent people slotted in along the way. Became seriously ill and was out of it for a while. Got back to being a professional after posting on this very forum when a few kind souls gave me inspiration and advice.

Now I do a lot of teaching and my students are doing great. I love it and find it just as rewarding as the touring and recording. I also play in a band and do the occassional gig as a percussionist or drummer. I wont make a million but I'm having fun. And I keep collecting drums. There is no room for furniture where I live. No lie.
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Old 05-19-2008, 08:31 AM
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44 and doing great. It's nice to get all of us fogies together in one place. Let's all meet down at the Farmer's Market, as soon as I get those kids off of my lawn.
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Old 05-19-2008, 09:41 AM
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Just turned 50. Bent all my Mom's pots and pans out of shape when I was 9 years old. Moved on to playing on the bottom of cardboad icecream buckets with sticks made out of dowlings from old broken wooden chairs for my first "kit". Then got a department store cardboard headed kit then finally ended up playing my cousin's snare drum after that. Got my first "real" drumset from my Father when I was 13. Being playing professionally since I was 16 first in rock bands well I was in high school and very quickly getting 100 % hooked on all things related to jazz by an older local musical mentor at the time. Played my first professional jazz gig at 18 by trial and fire with much older players on the bandstand in front of an audience at a local pizza place in my old home town.

The rest is history and it's been an interesting journey with lots of twist and turns and I still love learning more about and playing acoustic jazz everyday. Like playing with the younger players on the scene who kick my butt and keep me young and fresh with thinking about new ideas and approaches all the time. Teaching and workshops are a very rewarding experience too for me.
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Old 05-19-2008, 02:35 PM
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Approaching 49 and playing 2 and a half years I'm a new old member of the club.
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Old 05-20-2008, 01:53 AM
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Turning 49 sunday the 25th of may. Still rockin hard. started playing in 6th grade school band. hope to be playing 40 more years or so........
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Old 05-20-2008, 07:38 PM
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Ok am 41 and turning 42 in July! I feel like I am the baby of the group. lol
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Old 05-21-2008, 02:38 AM
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June 8th I turn 47. I started playing drums at age 9. Back then the school district offered music lessons. We started on Remo practice pads learning from the Haskell Harr (sp?) book.

I continued playing up to my early/mid twenties, then I just walked away from music.After a twenty year layoff I started playing again (about 3 years ago) and I love it more now than ever.

Hey GD, I've got a Sr. by my name too. I'm Derek ( Jrs' ) dad.

Happy to join this club.
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Old 05-23-2008, 02:14 AM
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I am 50, 51 in October this year, and have been playing on and off for over thirty years.
I first started by hammering the hell out of pillows and cushions on my bed playing along to records, until I earned enough from a summer job to get my first kit, an old Olympic set.
I have been playing again for a year now, after a long layoff, but it is all coming back to me, and I have two bands that want my services, so it can't be all that bad!

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Old 06-04-2008, 01:44 AM
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45 bro, played since I was 9or10, stopped at 25 started again at 40...life really did begin [again!!]
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Old 06-04-2008, 03:29 AM
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45 bro, played since I was 9or10, stopped at 25 started again at 40...life really did begin [again!!]
Yea, JC! Congrats on that. I'm 45 also. Began playing at 12 and haven't stopped since, though it's ok to stop something, like the drums, for whatever reason. We all live in a on/off world. Glad to know you picked up the sticks again, though!


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