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    Floyd Blaisdell


    Floyd became interested in drums as a pre-teener when a friend acquired a drum set and let him play on them once in a while. From that time on he was hooked.
    Floyd was self taught until he could afford lessons and then began rudimentary drum studies at the Stone Drum and Xylophone School in Boston under the private tutelage of George Lawrence Stone. He later did big band studies with Charles Alden in Boston and then joined local 9 AFM in Boston and was a member for several years.

    In between studies, Floyd played summer jobs at hotels in Gloucester Mass. and Tupper Lake N.Y.  During the winter months he played with various local groups playing dances and weddings, etc.


    In l955, Floyd left the music business , got married and moved to Milford, Ct. and worked at Sikorsky Aircraft in Stratford for 32 years. When his wife died in 1984 he decided to retire early and try to get back to playing drums, his first loveHe hadn't done any playing and practiced very little for 32 years, so he found it difficult to get back into playing shape but after a few months of diligent practice based on his previous studies, Floyd felt he was ready and joined the band at the Milford Senior Center. He played with them for about 3 years. He subsequently played with several groups: "Music from the heart", "Counterpoint", "Memory Lane Productions" and several other groups, to name a few.  He is presently playing snare drum and full drum set, if required, with both the Stratford community Concert Band and the Milford Concert Band.  He is also playing general business gigs.


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