The drum lessons of life Last week in Valparaiso, walking to an interview. Drum lesson sign lower left. Father Ennis has four more Sundays and then he retires. Fifty years of official service. Wow. Just wow. My Dad was a drummer for roughly 50 years. Both men, devoted to their passion. Will we be devoted to anything for five decades? Next Blog By jeff noel Retired Disney Institute Keynote Speaker and Prolific Blogger. Five daily, differently-themed personal blogs (about life's 5 big choices) on five interconnected sites. View all of jeff noel's posts.