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Little Drummer Boy Astounds His Parents

Posted June 6, 2007 8:11 p.m. EDT
Updated June 6, 2007 10:21 p.m. EDT

— Liam Turnage has some talented little hands. That’s according to his parents, who say they have watched their son play drums since he was an infant.

Now 4, Liam likes to travel from his home in Holly Springs to a drum store in Raleigh where he can practice his musical talent.

“I just can’t believe that he’s this small and he’s playing that well at his age,” said Carlton Turnage, Liam’s dad. “You know, he really had a knack for it.”

Liam’s mom, Katie Turnage, said she has always loved to play the guitar, but she’s still surprised at her son’s musical ability.

“I never thought at 3 and 4 he’d be able to do what he can do,” she said. “I think he’ll keep at it. And I think he’s going to do something pretty amazing when he grows up, and something very musical.”

When he travels to Raleigh, young Liam has to stand to reach the pedals so he can play the bigger drums.

“Sometimes with these adult-size drum sets, you can’t even really see him behind the drum kit,” Carlton Turnage said.

Liam has never taken a music or drum lesson, his parents said, but he does have his own drum set at home. He received a new set of bongo drums for his birthday Tuesday.

“I like to play drums,” Liam said.