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Werbo’s wandering drums return home

Thomas Werbo, better known as ‘Werbo’ to friends and Kaffé 1870 regulars, said he would recognize his first drum set anywhere, even 26 years after loaning it out after a show, seemingly never to be seen again.


That is until Werbo said he saw a Facebook post on June 14 from Wakefield resident Patty Chevalier Samm giving away a strikingly familiar, if a little well-worn, drum set with an unmistakable wooden finish.


“No one forgets their first one, man,” Werbo said, describing how he had purchased the drum set in 1989 when he was in high school, adding a finish to the wood in shop class.

It’s little things like stray pieces of glue from when Tom Werbo applied the finish to his first set of drums in a high school woodshop back in 1989 that made him sure the set being given away on Facebook was the same one he gave away after a concert 26 years ago. Stuart Benson photo

The last time Werbo saw the drums was in 1995. He was playing in a band called The Jimmy George at the Duke of Somerset in Ottawa. Werbo said he remembered there was a woman who was in need of a set of drums, so he gladly loaned them to her — or at least he thought it was a loan.