See MP3 Index (below) to listen to and/or download Hammer's songs.
(March, 2007) I was born in 1940 in Belleville, Illinois but grew up and attended school in St. Louis, Mo. I took piano and voice lessons from the age of 10 and by the age of 15 was singing and playing piano gigs around St. Louis. After high school, I reported for military duty and was sent to Corpus Christi, Texas where I met my lovely bride of 44 years and became a permanent "Texan."
I attended North Texas State University as a music education major with a concentration in percussion - didn't play piano well enough to be a piano major. I played in the lab band program, the concert band, the orchestra, and various ensembles. It was a great experience because a lot of the guys in the music school either were playing or had played with people like Stan Kenton, Count Basie, Blood Sweat and Tears, Woody Herman, many other lesser-known groups. My best friend from college became the first chair clarinetist with the San Francisco Symphony - stayed there for over 30 years before he passed. Another friend went on to play trumpet with Doc and the Tonight Show Band. So I had the good fortune to learn from a lot of really outstanding players. Just wish I could play like them.
During my college years, I played drums with various bands in the Dallas area. In 1975 I walked away from it all. I was lucky to have played everything from jazz trio work to 18 piece big band gigs including short times with both the Dallas and Fort Worth Symphonies.
Somehow I ended up with a M.Ed. in elementary education and started my career teaching 6th grade, which I did for 10 years. I left teaching to become a programmer - didn't last very long - frankly, I was pretty bad at it. But that led to some good things because I was hired to implement a technology program for one of the best school districts in the Dallas area. I eventually ended up teaching very expensive Novell Networking and Cisco Router classes to adults until I retired about 9 years ago.
So how did I become interested in a PSR3000? Well, my wife and I were on a cruise last March and there was a guy playing a Kurtzwiel PA88. I was totally blown away by all the sounds he was producing. When I got home I started looking at music stores and playing around with all the various keyboards they had on the floor. I brought home a Tyros 1 - it didn't seem to play like the book said, then I brought home a Motif ES 7 - it lasted 3 days - too much to figure out - finally I brought home my PSR3000 - I knew it was the one the moment I started playing on it.
Until I started looking at keyboards in March of 2006, I had not played a single note of music since 1975. It has been a very refreshing and humiliating experience trying to regain my music skills at the keyboard after all those years. Special thanks go out to all the members of the PSR Tutorial forum - without your help I would probably have returned the keyboard and missed out on a lot of fun. I hope you enjoy my music - it represents songs that have been a part of my life for as long as I can remember - many have very special meaning. Thanks for listening.
-- 'Deane' Peters -- "Hammer"
Note: in October, 2010, Hammer moved up to the new Tyros4.
You can download all of Hammer's MIDI songs here: HM-3k-91.zip.
Recent songs are in the jukebox above. The list below is sorted alphabetically by song title. Click on any title to listen to and/or download the song. Date links take you to a PSR Tutorial Forum discussion of the song(s).
After The Ball Is Over (Tyros4) 12/31/2011
After You've Gone (Tyros4) 12/31/2011
Ain't She Sweet (Tyros4) 12/31/2011
Alexander's Rag Time Band (Tyros4) 12/31/2011
Alice Blue Gown (Tyros4) 12/31/2011
All The Things You Are (Tyros4) 12/31/2011
Allegheny Moon (Tyros4) 1/10/2012
Alley Cat (Tyros4) 1/10/2012
Always (Tyros4) 12/31/2011
Always On My Mind (Tyros4) 8/7/2012
Angry (Tyros4) 8/8/2012
Anniversary Song (Tyros4) 11/25/2012
Anniversary Waltz (Tyros4) 11/25/2012
Are You Lonesome Tonight (Tyros4) 8/10/2012
Autumn In New York (Tyros4) 1/19/2012
Autumn Leaves (Tyros4) 1/10/2012
Ave Maria - Gounod (Tyros4) 8/5/2012
Baby Face (Tyros4) 12/31/2011
Back Home Again In Indiana (Tyros4) 8/11/2012
Ball And The Jack (Tyros4) 12/31/2011
Be My Love (Tyros4) 11/25/2012
Be Still My Heart (Tyros4) 1/19/2012
Beer Barral Polka (Tyros4) 12/31/2011
Bewitched (Tyros4) 1/10/2012
Big Butter & Egg Man (Tyros4) 8/5/2012
Blue Hawaii (Tyros4) 1/10/2012
Blue Lou (Tyros4) 8/5/2012
Blue Moon (Tyros4) 1/19/2012
Blueberry Hill (Tyros4) 1/10/2012
Bogalusa Strut (Tyros4) 8/5/2012
Cab Driver (Tyros4) 12/31/2011
Chicago (Tyros4) 1/19/2012
Come To Me © (Tyros4) 8/3/2012
Cuddle Up A Little Closer (Tyros4) 12/31/2011
Darktown Strutter's Ball (Tyros4) 1/10/2012
Deed I Do (Tyros4) 8/7/2012
Deep Purple (Tyros4) 12/31/2011
Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes (Tyros4) 1/10/2012
A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Makes (Tyros4) 12/31/2011
Facination (Tyros4) 1/10/2012
A Fool Such As I (Tyros4) 8/3/2012
Harbor Lights (Tyros4) 1/10/2012
Have I Told You Lately (Tyros4) 1/10/2012
Heartaches By The Number (Tyros4) 1/10/2012
Home (Tyros4) 8/5/2012
Is It True What They Say About Dixie (Tyros4) 1/19/2012
Jersey Bounce (Tyros4) 1/19/2012
Lavendar Blue (Tyros4) 1/19/2012
Lets Fall In Love (Tyros4) 1/19/2012
A Mess Of Blues (Tyros4) 8/9/2012
Night And Day (Tyros4) 8/21/2012
A Nightingale Sang In Berkley Sq (Tyros4) 8/11/2012
Oh Baby (Tyros4) 8/6/2012
Oh By Jingo (Tyros4) 8/6/2012
Once In A While (Tyros4) 1/19/2012
September In The Rain (Tyros4) 1/19/2012
A Sunday Kind Of Love (Tyros4) 8/7/2012
Try A Little Tenderness (Tyros4) 8/21/2012
Wheel Of Fortune (Tyros4) 1/20/2012
Your Cheatin' Heart (Tyros4) 12/31/2011
Chipmonk Song (Tyros4) 12/22/2011
The Christmas Song (Tyros4) 12/22/2011
The First Noel (Tyros4) 12/22/2011
Have Yourself A Merry Little Christmas (Tyros4) 12/22/2011
Home For The Holidays (Tyros4) 12/22/2011
I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus (Tyros4) 12/22/2011
I'll Be Hone For Christmas (Tyros4) 12/22/2011
Jingle Bells (Tyros4) 12/22/2011
Let It Snow Let It Snow (Tyros4) 12/22/2011
Oh Christmas Tree (Tyros4) 12/22/2011
Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer (Tyros4) 12/22/2011
Santa Claus Is Coming To Town (Tyros4) 12/22/2011
Silent Night (Tyros4) 12/22/2011
Silver Bells (Tyros4) 12/22/2011
Toyland (Tyros4) 12/22/2011
What Child Is This (Tyros4) 12/22/2011
White Christmas (Tyros4) 12/22/2011
Winter Wonderland (Tyros4) 12/22/2011