My First Band Was in High School, we started off as a three Piece, With me on Guitar and Vocals, My Friend Damian on Bass, and Another buddy Nate on drums. We made it through a few practices, and I didn't know much about music back then, so I just had loads of fun Jamming.
One day, (Like Many Others) Nate couldn't come to Practice. At this point, most of the band members had changed around anyway, so we had another person on guitar. I decided for that practice I would get behind Nate's Drums and try it out. Well, as it turns out, within two practices I was better than him. (He couldn't do much more than a few simple beats).
The following day, We kicked Nate out of the band, And I headed down to the local music Shop and sold half my guitar gear, and Got a 5 Piece Mapex
Starter Kit, (You know, the ones with the hi-hats that invert if you hit them too hard, and the crash made out of tin foil) - The Cymbals were terrible, but I still, at that point, didn't know much about drumsets, so I didn't care, I was having a blast playing.
I was kind of a pushy person back then, and I really wanted to play a show, so we had about a month of practice, then played a battle of the bands as a fundraiser for our school. We sucked so bad, that the guitarist quit that night.
Well, once we had lost our guitarist there was really no point in continuing on. The bassist and I played one practice after the show, and we realized it wasn't going anywhere. I took my drums from his house, and they sat in my truck for a month, before I decided that I couldn't be in a band at that time.
I ended up taking a huge loss, trading in the mapex
kit, and I got another guitar and a small practice amp, and pretty much took a 4/5yr Break.
----Skip 4 Years----
Last Year, I met up with a new friend named Matt who loved to drum, unfortunatly, He wasn't really good, and also didn't have a spot to play, I ended up trading him a computer for this kinda beat up 4 piece pearl
kit, with some Solar (By Sabian
:-( ) Hi-Hats, and an Argent Crash. It wasn't a bad kit, and much of it was put together bad, but I took it anyway.
Well, in the years I hadn't been playing, I started playing Rock Band, which surprisingly got me very good at playing alternate beats, etc.
Once I got the kit from Matt, I set it up in the attic of the house I'm living in now, and started Jamming.
Now, it's been almost A year since I started playing again, and I'm better than ever. I've put over $400 into my kit, and have bought all new cymbals, stands, and hardware for it. I replaced the heads, and set it up like a nice, new punk set. (I even painted it)
Well, Recently, I started talking to my Friend Justin (Who is an amazing singer, and ok at guitar) and we started Jamming out in my attic. We did pretty good, a couple rock covers of some pop songs, but weren't really getting far with it.
Then, I started talking to my buddy's cousin, Joe. As it turns out, he's an amazing guitarist, and Decided to come down and join up with our "Band" - Justin took over on bass, and we Have Joe on Guitar, and I couldn't be happier rocking out!
Hope my story wasn't too long and boring!