Note from Larry Koch:
I am a member of the Iowa RocknRoll Hall of Fall/ inducted in 2003 (hit record in the 60’s) , as is my brother..
I am still playing 4 to 5 times per month/ with Sugar Moon Band and Kenny Frette/ country/ old time swing/ bluegrass, R and b. I was very blessed to have piano training as a kid then, horns and drums… Still doing the show drumming…Love the new equipment coming down the line, Been with DRUM MAG for Awhile
THEN: Light hardware stands , easy to lift, shakey in the wind.
NOW: Stable Tripod base stands, “heavy”, but durable and multi-positioned.
THEN: you write songs, record them, get a hit, get an agent and tour
NOW: you play familiar songs, connect with those individuals who still dance, hand out schedules and play regularly.
THEN: you get gigs based on the TOP 40 songs that you can play with good vocals/ instrumental skills.
NOW: you get gigs, by making initial face to face contact with marketing director at the casino/entertainment mgr at fraternals/ or “volunteers” who develop the event.
THEN: you use posters/ mail/ phone to set up engagements
NOW: you email, refer patrons to the Website/ Facebook/ and network to maintain regular gigs.
THEN: 4 drums,1 ride cymbal, 1 crash, 1 hi-hat, 1 throne… and ….. maybe cases….
NOW: 1 snare drum, 1 other snare drum for “room” issues, 1 or more toms, Possibly a floor tom, Latin percussion (bongos/conga), 1 double pedal,1 hi-hat stand, 1 remote hi-hat, 1 set of rigid hi-hats, 1 or 2 ride cymbals, 2 or more crashs, China Cymbal ?, Effects ?........a most…. COMFORTABLE Throne.
MY BEST TO YOU AND THE GANG.