Drumming proves a timeless hit

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  • Beat goes on: José “Jay” Clue, left, and Gary Smith, at Eddie Ming’s Rhythm Lab (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)

    Beat goes on: José “Jay” Clue, left, and Gary Smith, at Eddie Ming’s Rhythm Lab (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)

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    Beat goes on: Jose "Jay" Clue, left, and Gary Smith, at Eddie Ming's Rhythm Lab (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)

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    Jose "Jay" Clue, left, with Eddie Ming and Gary Smith, at Mr Ming's Rhythm Lab (Photograph by Jonathan Bell)


Drumming and percussion guru Eddie Ming is usually associated with his following of young students.

But for José “Jay” Clue and Gary Smith, both of whom are nearing retirement age, Mr Ming’s Rhythm Lab in St George’s has brought a new love of music.

Both will journey with Mr Ming’s other students next year on his training programme in Cuba.

Mr Smith said he discovered the school completely by chance, while working in the area.

“I always wanted to do something with a musical instrument,” Mr Smith said, recalling asking for lessons under the illusion that the drums would be “easy”.

“I thought, drums, shucks, anybody can do that,” he said. “I never tried it as a kid.”

Five years on and aged 65, he said he is still “scratching the surface” — but his enjoyment was evident as he sat behind the drum set.

Joining in on the congas to demonstrate, Mr Clue, who turns 63 in November — is a more recent student.

“My musical aspirations started back in high school — I played snare drums in the marching band, timpani in a concert band,” he said.

“I hadn’t played since then. I always wanted to play the congas. I did my research and found the school here.”

Nursing sore hands after his first lesson, Mr Clue agreed with his fellow student: “It’s way more difficult than you think.”

The two have acquired a fresh understanding of music at the studio off Old Military Road.

Mr Ming told The Royal Gazette: “This is the home for the next generation, whatever your age.”

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Published Sep 14, 2017 at 8:00 am (Updated Sep 13, 2017 at 10:36 pm)

Drumming proves a timeless hit

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