I started playing drums by accident while playing lead guitar in a surf-rock band when I was 14 years old. Before that, I had studied piano. My grandfather was my mentor and teacher. He taught me the basics of classical music. We would do duets together at church functions.
Later, I studied guitar at The Old Town School of Folk Music; Lyon & Healy Music school in downtown Chicago. I became interested in drumming while playing lead guitar in an all boys surf/rock band called, Debi & The LA Classmen for Loyola Academy.... After 6 months of teaching myself to set up and play the drums I auditioned for an all girl band which was managed by Carl Bonafede, aka Screaming WildMan, on the radio and manager for The Buckinghams and many other well known Chicago acts. I got the job as drummer for Daughters of Eve. We recorded several 45's and had a large following. We were one of the first all girl bands in Chicago. I moved to L.A. when I was 19 yrs. old and continued my musical career playing & recording with numerous bands, duos, solo artists. I travelled to many places including Hawaii, Alaska, Japan, and several trips across the USA. I also recorded for commercials such as CocaCola, Instant Carnation Breakfast and others. I have played drums and/or recorded with Michael McDonald, Harry James, Frank Sinatra, Jr., Tony Martin, Jr., Guy Findley, Rip Masters, Cadillac Angels, The Jill Warhol Band, Sugar, and many many more.
What was the first concert you ever went to?
1965- The Beatles.; Went with my 2 best friends, Andee & Sue. We serenaded The Beatles outside of their hotel room in Chicago. We sang our best Beatles songs.
What gear do you use?
Pearl drums, PDP snare and 2 Pearl snare drums; Zildjian cymbals; PDP double bass pedal and DW bass pedal. Panyard Steel Pan drum; various stands, windchimes and percussion instruments. I love my maple PDP snare drum with the maple hoops. Also love my Pearl Brass snare drum.
I play a 5 pce. kit.
What are you looking for from Fandalism?
I would like to add some video's of me from other sites like Phanfare. How can I do that?
Who was your biggest musical influence growing up?
The Beatles. I think it was the era I was raised. Loved the harmonies and the melodies of their songs.
Also The Jefferson Airplane, Janis, Jimi, Led Zep, Pink Floyd. Paul Butterfield Blues band.
I had so many different influences.
Loved Gene Krupa on the drums and Keith Moon. Especially dug Ginger Baker and Cream.
Are you in a band? Have you been in bands?
I am currently on hiatus due to medical problems.
If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?
What's the biggest audience you ever performed to? What's the smallest?
Honolulu, Hawaii> The Diamond Head Crater Festival in July, 1975 with an all female rock group called, SUGAR.
Probably several thousand people were there. They filled the crater.
I played so many one nighters. Some honky-tonks, dives, stripclubs, casinos, biker bars. some had as few as 3 people sometimes. But, as long as they liked it that was all that mattered.
You're stuck on a desert island and only get to bring one album with you. What do you pick?
Too many to name....
Probably, Bob Marley. He puts me in the island mood. I also am a huge fan of Leonard Cohen.