Robert Almer

My first drum lesson

I saw a Mickey Mouse drum set in the old Sears "wish book" around Christmas time when I was 5 years old and asked repeatedly until finally mom gave in. Around a month before Christmas 1975 I got a pair of sticks, a pad, stick control book and $5.00 a week lessons from a friend of my grandmother. That Christmas I received my first drum kit and a hand-me-down 1969 BIC/LUX receiver and a set of Bose 901's. Best stereo any 10 year old ever had and even any of my friends parents ever had. Still have that system in working order just as it was back then. It was an integral part of my entire drumming career. Cranking out everything from led zep, black sabbath, deep purple, the who, rush to elton john, the eagles, the outlaws and skynyrd just to name a few that helped me to begin to create my own sound and style. I would have to say my first lesson was my "Game Changing Moment" !!!

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