As if attending A Capitol Fourth in Washington, D.C. wasn’t great enough, retired United States Marine Corps Master Sergeant Mike Schneider and his family got a huge surprise when John Stamos gave them his patriotic drum set.
The Full House star served as host for the annual PBS concert and performed during the special alongside his friends, the Beach Boys. Stamos debuted a red, white, and blue Ludwig maple drum kit for the special occasion.
“Ludwig was the drum set I always dreamed of having as a kid,” he told People. “[Jazz drummer] Buddy Rich was an inspiration to me and when I started playing. I wanted to be just like him, [and] he played Ludwig. I didn’t turn out to be Buddy Rich but I love having drums like him.”
Stamos tweeted a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the drums a couple of weeks before the performance.
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) June 19, 2017
The concert audience consisted of service men and women and their families. Schneider was among those in attendance. The veteran experienced two traumatic brain injuries while serving in the Marine Corps in the mid-2000s.
While receiving treatment for Post-traumatic Stress Disorder at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center, Schneider took part in the music therapy program, and he’s not the only member of his family with a love of the artform.
Schneider’s son Owen suffers from a nervous system disorder known as neurofibromatosis. Owen was always drawn to drums and discovered he had a knack for playing while visiting his dad’s musical therapy class.
Stamos’ drum skills never reached those of Buddy Rich, but perhaps Owen will one day realize that potential thanks to the generous deed of the actor.
— Ludwig Drums (@LudwigDrumsHQ) July 5, 2017
— John Stamos (@JohnStamos) July 5, 2017
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