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Mark Wanner



"I started playing piano when I was 4 years old. I had taken lessons every Wednesday and practiced every day until I was in 9th grade. When I was in first or second grade we went to Montana to visit relatives and my cousin had a drum set that I snuck in and played when he was not around and that is what started my obsession with the drums. In 6th grade I wanted to join the beginners band so my parents took me to a music store and bought me a high quality snare drum, case, stand, sticks and literature to get me started, I loved it! My Mother & Father insisted that the piano was still number 1! The teacher had a whole string of drummers to contend with like they usually do and as I went into 7th grade band the music teacher didn’t think much of me, but I didn’t care. My parents purchased for me a small “Pearl” drum set for $350.00. The drums were put in the basement in a room with no windows so it would not be so loud. I tried to teach myself how to play, inviting people over to my house to play my drums so they would play them and I could learn how to get the sounds out of the drums that I was not able to teach myself. In September 1975 on a Saturday night I received a call by someone that said, “I hear you are teaching yourself how to play the drums. How would you like to give us a try? We have two guitar players, a bass player and we need a drummer.” That was the year I dropped the piano and the drums took over. So at 14 years old I started playing in my first band and in the bars at 15 years old. It is now 2014 and I have been playing in bands since 1975. I’ve played in 21 states. I was on the road for a several years. I’ve breathed fire, done drum soles with the sticks on fire, and my longest drum solo was 27 minutes in Council Bluffs, IA with a standing ovation. "




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