I began taking drum lessons when I was 13 and I am still playing at 35. I give a lot of the credit to my first drum teacher, a guy named Brian who loved the drums more than anyone I've ever known.
He was an excellent and very patient teacher who did a lot to foster my early abilities. He also introduced me to a lot of incredible music, stuff that made me completely reconsider the ways it's possible to play the drums. His enthusiasm for the instrument was infectious and he made me want to be the best drummer I could. Having a great teacher at an early age can really help a young musician's progression.