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    1950's...

Receives his first drumset from his grandfather and
really  starts "studying" at Levi's Music with
Elmer Frolig in 1952.

  Steve & Eddie Gadd    
 
 
Steve tap dancing with little brother Eddie 1953
 
 
    At age nine makes first appearance on
The Mickey Mouse Club tap dancing and playing drum solo.
He had begun studying with Bill and Stanley Street , both gentlemen played in the Rochester Philharmonic.



  Steve Gadd - 1955    
 
 
William and Stanley Street
 
 
    Begins hitting the clubs with his Dad, leading to meeting
his hero Gene Krupa and also getting the chance to sit in
with Dizzy Gillespie and others at an extremely young age.


  Steve Gadd - 1955    
       
    At the same time Steve with his younger brother Eddie had
a tap dance routine they'd entertain folks in nursing homes
and hospitals.

They won a contest and got to appear on
The Mickey Mouse Club, this was at age 11
and Steve danced and played a drum solo.
  Steve on The Mickey Mouse Club    
 
 
Steve age 9 with Gene Krupa at the Ridgecrest Inn - 1954
 
 
Steve & Eddie Gadd 1955
 
 
Steve & Eddie Gadd
 
 
Steve Gadd 1955
 
 
Steve Gadd 1955
 
 
    When Steve was 14 he met John Beck, who then became his
teacher right thru til his graduation from The Eastman School Of Music. He also had the advantage of a loving family who's living
room became a virtual percussion studio, they were  incredibly supportive. His father would always take Steve to all the clubs
to soak up the sounds and often Steve could sit in with artists
like Groove Holmes and Jack McDuff. George Benson first
played with Steve when he was only 14,
they still record to this day.
  John Beck    
       
    22" calfskin bass drum head today, from Steve's
first drum kit in the late 1950's that his grandfather bought him.
 
 
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