LODI, NEW JERSEY - Great drummers are hard to come by, especially little drummer boys who are not even old enough to go to school.
Meet Martin Cruz of Iselin, New Jersey. He's only 3 years old, but he's got the groove and speed of a great drummer in the making.
"Yan ang wish ko nga, nakikita ko sa kanya na someday sana maging best drummer siya like mga Phil Collins," Dennis Cruz, his father, said.
Martin was only 1 year and 3 months old when he learned his first drum beats.
Dennis, a Church band drummer, was rehearsing when he noticed Martin was mimicking his movements.
"Sumasabay siya, with music, nakikita ko siya sa side, sabi ko sabay ah," he said.
So he let the little boy try out the real thing and sat Martin on his chair.
"Nanonood lang siya and then, tinetenga niya lang yung music and makikita mo mamaya he's playing... Sometimes nga mag-play ka ng music right away sinusundan na niya agad," Dennis said.
When Martin turned 2 and a half, he was already performing in churches in New Jersey, including this one at Lodi, New Jersey.
"It is a gift, really, because everything we have really is a gift from God," Liam Panganiban, parish priest, said.
Martin says there's one particular part of drumming that he likes best -- drum rolls.
With a near-perfect timing, a brilliant sense of rhythm and impressive chops even at a young age, the Cruz family believes that Martin's God-given gift can be honed even further.
They're planning to enroll Martin in a professional drum school as soon as he is allowed.