Michael Colgrass, an American-born Canadian composer began his studies as a percussionist. In this video, Michael talks about his inspiration to become a drummer at the age of eight. He recalls that day in his new autobiography, Adventures of an American Composer. After you watch the video, leave a comment and let us know how you started playing drums.

Originally posted on DrumChattr on August 10, 2010 by Dave Gerhart.

Dave Gerhart

Dave Gerhart

Dr. Dave Gerhart, Product Manager, Percussion for Yamaha Corporation of America and Lecturer of Percussion at the Bob Cole Conservatory of Music at CSU, Long Beach, is a nationally recognized performer, composer, and educator. Dr. Gerhart, originally from Fairfield, California, holds a D.M.A. from the University of Southern California, M.M. in Percussion Performance and Instrumental Conducting and a B.M. in Music Education from California State University, Long Beach.
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