Five Firsts: Tom Holland of the Reverberators

Tom Holland

Tom Holland

NAME: Tom Holland
BAND AFFILIATION: The Reverberators
INSTRUMENT: Drummer/songwriter

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … the Beach Boys’ All Summer Long.

2. THE FIRST CONCERT THAT I EVER SAW WAS … Ray Charles and the Raelettes with the Ray Charles Orchestra (featuring Billy Preston).

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3. THE FIRST MUSICAL INSTRUMENT I EVER OWNED OR PLAYED WAS … the upright piano in my parents’ house. I started taking lessons when I was six years old.

4. THE FIRST SONG THAT I EVER PERFORMED IN PUBLIC WAS … that would be “Don’t Say Nothin’ Bad About My Baby” when I was in junior high. Judy Glodgett played piano, and we were both all of 12 years old.

5. THE FIRST BAND I WAS EVER IN WAS … the acoustic version was called Box 29, the electric band was the legendary Alois Mayer Company, which transformed into Crossfire when we landed in Syracuse.

Tom Holland slips behind his drum kit to power the Reverberators as they rock Pinhead Susan’s in Schenectady at 9pm on Friday (March 21).

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