is a shot that might well be a little inspiring (below),
Its me on my acoustic stage kit at one of my live shows
when I was with the band "Out Of Control". The
bass drum heads have a unique design. You might not have
seen anything like this before. Due to a work related injury
back in Feb '95 I have a prosthesis in my left leg. These
are the x-rays of my left leg. One is the front view, and
the other is the side view. For me, the inspiring part is
the fact that I have had 5 operations on my leg after a
life changing injury, but it still has not kept me from
enjoying a full time career in music.
I received the settlement from my personal injury case,
I went out and bought myself a set of Roland V-Drums, just
to keep me busy during the daytime recuperation periods.
(I hate daytime TV with a passion) Just from playing on
my V-Drums, in about a month I started getting offers from
several local bands. I found myself lugging my V-Drum kit
to many local bars and clubs. Things really began to take
off from there.
I hooked up with a local Motown dance band that kept me
busier than I had ever imagined. The only problem was that
the V-Drums just could not deliver the sound that was really
needed for that size band and the venues we played. Depending
on who was running sound, the snare and kick would always
get lost in the mix, so I began building what would soon
become affectionately known as my "Stage Kit".
I attached a picture of me playing on that stage kit.
Since then, I have built a digital recording studio, and
have kept quite busy. Now, if I am not performing, I am
recording or mixing for bands that I produce or other bands
in the bay area. (see website - link is below) There are
more pictures of the studio and V-Drums located within the
looking at your site and noticed that you like to get pictures
of other drummers in their own world doing their own thing.
While I wasn't wearing a "DrumBum" T-shirt at
the time, I have bought quite a lot of gear from you guys,
and plan to continue to do so as needed. You guys have a
really nice operation set up there and I like everything
about what you do for all us drummers.
have been a huge plus for me. I do a lot of stick twirling
while performing, so I added a 48 inch portable hanging
blacklight over the stage kit connected to a footswitch
next to my hi-hat pedal. Every now and then, I hit the footswitch
to turn on the overhead blacklight and the sticks glow bright
as ever and it livens up everything I play. It really ads
quite a lot to my show. I'm hoping to get a pair of laser
sticks for the same reason.
bass drum head idea came to me one day when I was in my
Doctors office looking at my most recent X-Rays. I had suggested
the idea to a few different bass drum design manufacturing
companies, and one by one, they all thought it was such
an amazing idea, they were surprised that they had not come
up with it themselves. From there is was simply a matter
of choosing which company to use. I ended up using a company
called "Head First". The ironic thing is that
shortly after they made the heads for me, they ran an add
in "Modern Drummer Magazine" and used my head
as one of the samples showing what they can do with bass
drum head design. So, I guess you could say In that respect,
I'm a little famous.......(well, just a little.....it is
after all, just my leg that made it into the magazine)
Check out the September 2007 issue of Modern Drummer! (Page
then, this new bass drum head design has become a signature
logo for me. I now have T-Shirts, coffee mugs, and key chains,
and luggage tags all with this logo on them.
just amazing how I was able to take something that was initially
a life changing injury and turn it into an inspiring career,
and then into a truly unique design that defines who I am
and what I am about as a Professional Musician.
thats basically it
This is just me blowing
my own horn,
my own drum.
I hope it shows other drummers that even in the hardest
of times, nothing stops you if you really want to play.
John BamBam Porth
truly inspiring story John. Thanks for taking the time to
I'll share this with our visitors. Good luck to you and
KEEP ON ROCKIN!