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I was a drummer in the Langley School musical ensemble, and that’s where it started. We were the butt of the band—if it’s broke, blame the drummers. Our leader, the usually affable Mr. Cummins, would bristle at our preadolescent, shit-eating grins—and I can’t say we didn’t earn it. We lost equipment, broke furniture on the band trip, and usually screwed up the beat. But hey, I’m over that. Besides, we “drummies” don’t need the rest of you “musicians” to be in a decent band. As proof, Bald Rapunzel drummer Katy Otto and housemate Sam Cusumano have organized “To the Beat of a Different Drummer.” The event showcases the work of area drummers, from the established (Otto, Most Secret Method/Oswego timekeeper Ryan Nelson, and his Oswego bandmate Darren Zantek) to the up-and-coming (Cusumano) to the mysterious (Aztech, named for a wall hanging in the Q and Not U practice space). At 8:30 p.m. at the Black Cat, 1831 14th St. NW. $5. (202) 667-7960. (Mike Kanin)