Here’s more as I’m transcribing the ancient scribes into a calendar program...
February 27, 1984 - Took the job. Now the permanent drummer in Danny Jackson's band. (I was offered the drum chair when an older drummer named Yusef moved away. This was my first band and we were later featured in the school paper on August 30th, 1984.... ROCKSTARS! I remember setting up outside the garage where the wind was blowing very hard... thus the cymbal angles. We later added a female bassist/singer but never played out in that configuration.)
May 5, 1984 - Huey Lewis & The News. (This was technically my first concert although I had seen Tom Jones/ The Sylvers at the Beaumont Fair earlier on. The band was touring the ridiculously successful Sports album so it was a great time to see them. Recently, I saw the band again a couple of months ago but this time from the backstage area... pretty cool from my 1984 perspective! Thanks to my Aunt Bert for taking me. Another bit of trivia... also the first time I was groped by a girl.. but that’s another story)
May 6, 1984 - First performance with Danny Jackson Band for NAACP Banquet at Ramada. (My first gig with a band... I remember playing some Prince songs from 1999 and “One On One” by Hall & Oats.)
May 7, 1984 - Talent portion of the Thespian try-out at West Campus and had to give a speech... did ok but drum stick fell out of my hand. (Since I was ALL about Huey Lewis & The News and was still inspired from seeing them, I decided to use this for the talent portion of the try-out. In true Napoleon Dynamite style, I walked out on a dark stage and hit the Play button on a massive “boom box” which contained a cued up “Heart of Rock and Roll” which I played along to. The next night at the Thespian Banquet. I received the award for Best Pledge....
September 5, 1984 - Dede cheers tomorrow. (Wow.. apparently I dated a cheerleader!)
Hey, I guess this drum thing was starting to paying off!