In fact, his parents attended a musical club for couples and their duets were well known in the neighborhood. As Bill explains:. Much of the music they played was Tin Pan Alley standards, mixed in with a handful of traditional jazz numbers. At age 13, Bill Elgart got his first drum set. He practiced constantly. He was impressive even then. Elgart enrolled at Northeastern University and began to dutifully attend classes, starting out as a biology major as a possible precursor to a field in veterinary medicine.
He also discovered a jazz club at the school—this may have been more important than any classroom experience, especially since one of the members was his old childhood friend and future Whirlwind band mate, Michael Kaye.
Coincidentally, Berklee had only just recently joined the Boston Conservatory, enabling the school to offer degrees for the first time.
After two semesters, however, Elgart opted to focus more on playing rather than continuing to pursue formal academic and theory-oriented coursework. When Elgart left Berklee, he was already starting to play various venues around the Boston area.
He soon learned, for example:. This to avoid having beer spilled on the kit. Michael Kaye remembers the first time this happened at an M. Bill was not happy.
It was a lesson we all learned. Elgart often played with the Michael Kaye-led second unit of the band that was formed to be able to play more venues on the weekends.
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