I'm Jack Gourdine. A lot of you drummers and percussionists out there can relate to my beginnings of pursuing a music career. As far back as I can remember, I was constantly banging on countertops and tables whenever I heard music being played. Thanks to my grandmother, my parents bought me a drumset (60s early Pearl "President" model) for my 13th birthday.

I grew up on Okinawa, an island in Japan, from 3 to 17 years of age, with a military/civilian family background. Though we had the AFRTS (Armed Forces Radio and Television Service) network, it was rare to see or hear any big name acts live, or rock concerts. Before I took up the drums, I had fond memories of the family piling into our car on Sundays to go out for brunch or dinner at the NCO (Non-commissioned Offices) club. That is where I had a lot of exposure to varied styles and forms of big band music.
When I was 12, some kids in school entered a talent show/contest and asked me if I could play drums. I said yes, even though I didn't own a kit. Fortunately, at that moment, I thought of my GI Army friend who lived a couple of houses down who allowed me to borrow his set. I forget his name, but I'll never forget how nice a guy he was for taking time out for me. The talent show was full of energy and excitement with the kids going crazy during our performance. From that day forward, I was recruited for different bands with musicians of diverse backgrounds.

Most of my education was spent in a Private International School, except from Jr. High to my Jr. year in DOD (Dept. of Defense) public schools. My senior year, most of my faimly and I went stateside. I underwent culture shock and depression due to leaving friends and the best group (Omega) behind. That's a time I felt I had to start my life all over again, not knowing anyone and learning what sterotyping of musicians was all about!
For me, any kind of learning is a never ending, lifelong journey about myself, my instrument and other musicians. The process of becoming a well-rounded or great drummer, through my expression in music I feel, has been appreciated for creating value and bringing joy to all lives.

HOMETOWN: Bayonne, NJ BIRTHDAY: July 21st (Cancer) INTERESTING TIDBIT: Nichiren Daishonin Buddhist Leader



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