Allean Trafford was my first drum teacher

I was almost ten years old. The coolest kid in school played the drums. I needed to do that. She sat me down at a drum set. My mother sat of to the side and watched.

“Play a three beat. Boom Chack Chack, Boom Chack Chack.” She said, “And I’ll play the piano and try to through you off. You Stay steady.”

She had a calm manner. Large woman in my eyes, but nice. She played the piano and I sat at the huge drum set. Bass drum on one, snare on two and three, repeat….She got up and approached my mother.

“OK. He can be a drummer.”

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