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Forum: Memorabilia Gallery 07-29-2015, 09:48 PM
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Posted By Harrabey
Re: Barrett Deems

Barrett was considered the "fastest" drummer in the 1950's. He actually gave me one of his broken sticks when I saw him with Jack Teagarden.
Forum: Memorabilia Gallery 07-03-2014, 08:20 PM
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Views: 13,494
Posted By Harrabey
Re: Olympia Theater, Miami, Florida 1954

Army Bands and Union Card.
Forum: Memorabilia Gallery 07-03-2014, 08:06 PM
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Views: 13,494
Posted By Harrabey
Re: Olympia Theater, Miami, Florida 1954

Hopefully, I'm not boring you guys with these memorabilia photos but there seems to be some interested drummers out there in the world. I'm posting images of my father's Army band days, ship band...
Forum: Memorabilia Gallery 07-03-2014, 05:59 PM
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Views: 13,494
Posted By Harrabey
Re: Olympia Theater, Miami, Florida 1954

Father and son....different decades, 1930's/1970's and 1950's/1980's.
Forum: Memorabilia Gallery 07-03-2014, 02:40 PM
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Views: 13,494
Posted By Harrabey
Re: Olympia Theater, Miami, Florida 1954

Thanks for your kind thoughts, Wayne. I was born in 1946. My Dad taught me how to play when I was three but insisted throughout my childhood that I better have a job that was more secure than...
Forum: Memorabilia Gallery 07-02-2014, 12:10 PM
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Views: 13,494
Posted By Harrabey
Re: Olympia Theater, Miami, Florida 1954

I think these look like his Gretsch's but I was only seven when this picture was taken so I wasn't into labels at that age. However, here is a photo of me at four with my first marching snare
Forum: Memorabilia Gallery 06-30-2014, 06:00 PM
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Views: 13,494
Posted By Harrabey
Re: Olympia Theater, Miami, Florida 1954

Yes. He was born in 1901 and died in 1988. He was a member of the United States Military Academy Band and Drum Corps (West Point) and played drums in the band on The Queen Mary I. He travelled the...
Forum: Memorabilia Gallery 06-30-2014, 12:07 PM
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Views: 13,494
Posted By Harrabey
Re: Olympia Theater, Miami, Florida 1954

My father used to tuck his own calfskin heads on wooden rims. He used to soak them in the bath tub until they were pliable. Notice the heater outlet on the bass drum? He used these drums to play...
Forum: Memorabilia Gallery 06-29-2014, 10:55 PM
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Views: 13,494
Posted By Harrabey
Olympia Theater, Miami, Florida 1954

Joel Friedman, Les Rohde Orchestra, 1954
Forum: Snare Drum Gallery 09-21-2011, 05:54 PM
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Views: 2,064
Posted By Harrabey
Re: Black Beauty - Bucket List Drum

I am ashamed to say that in 1960, because my BB was in poor shape, cosmetic wise, my father had it chromed. It looks beautiful BUT who knew what its value would be 50 years later if we had left it...
Forum: Snare Drum Gallery 09-20-2011, 08:16 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 2,064
Posted By Harrabey
Re: Black Beauty - Bucket List Drum

The scrollwork on my Black Beauty 6 1/2 x 14 is much smaller in its flourishes.
The logo is under the strainer and does not have U S A below Chicago. Is my drum from a different year than yours?
Forum: General Drum Questions 05-14-2011, 12:59 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,312
Posted By Harrabey
Re: A Vintage Drummer

The band was The Harry Flaum Orchestra at South Miami Beach in the
1950's..these were public dances at auditoriums and bandshells which attracted hundreds of the older retirees before South Beach...
Forum: General Drum Questions 05-11-2011, 10:47 AM
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Views: 5,312
Posted By Harrabey
Re: A Vintage Drummer

His heaters were circular tubular elements if I remember correctly.
Forum: General Drum Questions 05-11-2011, 10:09 AM
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Views: 5,312
Posted By Harrabey
Re: A Vintage Drummer

Did you notice the heater connection on the bass drum in the solo photo....he had to heat his calfskin heads when he played outside at the bandshell on Miami Beach...he also tucked his own calfskin...
Forum: General Drum Questions 05-09-2011, 10:22 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,312
Posted By Harrabey
Unhappy Re: A Vintage Drummer

O.K. Here's the one that will knock your socks off!
My Dad got married New Year's Eve day and of course had to postpone his honeymoon so he could make the big bucks doing a gig New Year's Eve...I...
Forum: General Drum Questions 05-09-2011, 09:30 PM
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Views: 5,312
Posted By Harrabey
Smile Re: A Vintage Drummer

I'm really glad I started this thread...didn't realize the interesting insight you all have given...a few thoughts......single, traveling the world, good-looking ,talented and great drums: you might...
Forum: General Drum Questions 05-09-2011, 05:37 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,312
Posted By Harrabey
Re: A Vintage Drummer

My dad joined the Army at the end of WWI....ended up in the West Point Band....traveled the world after his discharge playing on ocean liners like The Queen Mary for twenty years and ended up in...
Forum: General Drum Questions 05-09-2011, 12:04 PM
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Views: 5,312
Posted By Harrabey
Smile Re: A Vintage Drummer

Both photos were taken at Ft. Sam Houston, San Antonio, Texas around 1922.
Forum: General Drum Questions 05-08-2011, 12:40 PM
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Views: 5,312
Posted By Harrabey
Re: A Vintage Drummer

I tried to upload the pictures but it states the file size is too large...can I e-mail them to you?
Forum: General Drum Questions 05-07-2011, 06:55 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 5,312
Posted By Harrabey
A Vintage Drummer

I have downloaded many pictures of my father, a drummer who played from 1915 to 1970. These photos show U.S. Army bands from the 1920's to The Queen Mary Orchestra of the 1930's to The Olympia...
Forum: General Drum Questions 12-08-2009, 06:29 PM
Replies: 110
Views: 14,351
Posted By Harrabey
Re: First commercially available brushes?

Here's some oral history that is based on an opinion from my father who was a jazz drummer with U.S. Army bands from 1918 to 1924, including The West Point Band and a life member of A.F.M. Locals 802...
Forum: General Drum Questions 10-17-2008, 01:02 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 1,334
Posted By Harrabey
Re: Guess the Instrument?

I think it is a "slap stick".....from the days of trap drumming for sound effects.
Forum: General Drum Questions 09-13-2008, 09:51 PM
Replies: 27
Views: 4,914
Posted By Harrabey
Re: Traditional Grip vs. Matched Grip.. OPINIONS??

This doesn't answer the question but might provide some general information...My father, who played in the West Point Band in 1923, which was then THE Army Band, taught me that the cross hand style...
Forum: Vintage Drums 08-12-2008, 10:22 PM
Replies: 16
Views: 2,512
Posted By Harrabey
Re: 1920's Ludwig Black Beauty "scroll" snare...

My Dad had his original Black Beauty from the 1920's when he played in the West Point Band and traveled the world playing on the Queen Mary. I played his Black Beauty from the 1950'suntil...
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