Musician's Biographies
Getting to know.... Ted Druhot
(in his own words)
Ted Druhot's musical background can be summed up in two words - truly unremarkable. His mother was a pianist and vocalist of excellent reputation who was determined that her two children would have a good foundation in the musical arts.
Ted's sister became a celebrated musician and educator while Ted became attracted to tin pan alley.
By the age of ten he could sing most of Spike Jones'leading hits. Before his voice changed he sang solos in the church Boy's Choir and specialized at requiems. However, his attempt to upbeat some selections with a country western style caused his popularity to wane.
His mother persisted and provided him piano and eventually violin lessons until he was excused from his high school orchestra for throwing his instrument out of a second floor window at a passing critic.
Ted's growing repertoire of zany vocals coupled with ridiculous antics gave him the status that he enjoyed. His mother gave way to his interest and placed him under the tutelage of an unemployed vaudeville musician and performer who taught him to play piano by ear and integrate chords.
Mom supplemented the experience by buying Ted a ukulele.
Ted also intended to ask his tutor to arrange for him to do an occasional sit- in with the pit orchestra at a burlesque house.
Before his first performance, however, Ted's father became awareof the plot and had him confined to a University.
While in the campus environment, Ted continued to play and sing.He gained the reputation as a campus minstrel. In addition to his studies he met and married a cute coed who inspired him to become a real student and eventually graduate.
Family life caused Ted to become serious in his occupation as a hospital administrator. Nevertheless, he continued to collect and/or write weird songs that he sang and played at family
gatherings, cub scout meetings, PTA sessions, weddings, new year's eve parties, or wherever he could gather an audience that was presumed non violent.
He transitioned to banjo soon after his marriage when he traded a guitar he won in a poker game for a banjo because it had fewer strings. In the 1970's Ted and his banjo teamed with two veterans of the World War II Army Air Corps Band. The trio, known as the DDT's, played up beat selections of the war time era.
Ted retired as the CEO of a leading Boston hospital and medical center in 1994. The Druhot's moved to Hilton Head Island in 1995. Shirley, his wife of forty-nine years and number one fan of Dixieland, passed away in 2006. He has six children and thirteen grandchildren.Ted is now  happily re-married to his new wife Carol. Ted has been a banjo player with the Hilton Head Dixieland Jazz Band for the past six years. In his opinion the experience is instrumental to retrieving the spirit of his youth.
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