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Dan Worth

3rdE Acres (Drums) From Big Rapids


I’m currently playing with an outstanding Big Rapids band named 3rdE Acres, but have been in many bands over the years, in the Midwest and California, and doing everything from session work for commercial jingles, to county fairs and benefits, a Big Band USO show, to weddings, to….heck, you name it. All of those bands, including the current one, played and continue to play shows.

Gear Used:

Gretsch Drums, (USA and New Classic); Paiste Cymbals (Everything from 602s to Signatures); DW pdals and Hi-Hat stand (9000 Series); Gibraltar hardware (Rack and Cymbal stands); Regal Tip 9A sticks, Regal Tip brushes and mallets; Roc-N-Soc throne.
Snares (I have 22) run the gamut from a 1929 Leedy and Strupe, a 1965 Slingerland “Gene Krupa” Sound King (Which my late Junior High band director gave me) ; A carbon fiber Gretsch, a homemade “mutt” built from spare parts, except the shell (I made that), and various others. My favorite is a Pork Pie Black Nickel over Brass. (The “BOB”)
Mics include Shure, Audio -Technica and AKG. Triggers are Roland, Sub-mixer is Peavey.

If you could jam with anyone, who would it be?

I take a lot of crap from people who don’t know much about this band, but the answer is Toto. Each musician is a virtuoso in terms of not only their instrument, but their songwriting abilities. And their style can’t really be pigeonholed into a single genre, because they have, and still do, incorporate every style of music into their records. Give them another listen, and not just to the songs you remember from the radio. If you know music at all, you’ll see what I’m talking about.

What’s the biggest audience you ever performed to? What’s the smallest?

Biggest was probably 1,000 or less; The smallest was bar staff only.( Haven’t we all had that happen?) Most memorable performance is a tossup between a USO show with the bandstand in front of a B-17 from WWII with a big band, and the Queen Mary for a private party. Very posh. Quality is much more important than quantity, in terms of audiences.

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