I am probably the worlds oldest drummer. Starting playing in the early 50's while in High school. Pre Rock and Roll. I grew up in Nanaimo, B.C. which in the 50's and 60's was a hot bed of great music and great musicians. Played many a gig with Brian Stoval the mentor of Dianna Krall. Played in Vancouver, B.C. with a great piano player named Dave Bird, who later produced Jazz Radio Canada for the C.B.C. In my later years played with Desperation Jazz Band, and had the privilege of playing for Oprah on Jim Patersens boat, the Nova Spirit. I have always played Ludwigs, except on festivals in Canada and USA, which were supplied by local music stores. Now in my elder years my playing has decreased substantially. I now just play the occasional gig. It has been a great ride, but I haven't stopped learning.
Cheers for now,