This Tampa scene staple started drumming at 14 and went on an extensive tour with punk band Paranoia Dance Party, but the 2010 dissolution of that band, plus connections Woody Bond made across the country, led to gigs with bands from Oakland to New Orleans. In 2013, the 29-year-old landed at Jobsite Theater — where he gets to live out of his comfort zone with each new production — when the company needed a drummer for its production of Hedwig and the Angry Inch.
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“David [Jenkins, artistic director] took a huge chance on me because back then I couldn’t read music,” Bond said. Now Bond is a junior studying contemporary percussion under Mark Feinman at the University of Tampa and an in-demand session player who recently played with rocksteady legends Keith & Tex.
“You learn more watching others than you will from any textbook. I saw lots of small things that I never would have thought of myself until I saw someone do it in person,” Bond said about his continuing education in and out of school. “I’m still trying to take in.”
Next show: Madison Turner w/Yankee Roses/more. Sat. July 21, 8 p.m. $8. Lucky You Tattoo, 9633 Bay Pines Blvd., St. Petersburg. elwoodbond.com.