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George Heid III performed at the Monterey Jazz Festival in 2012.

Drummer George Heid III says he was so surrounded by talented people as a child, he didn’t realize musical talent wasn’t a universal attribute until he was 7 or 8.

“We’d get together, and everybody was sitting around playing,” he says. “Plus, I lived in a (recording) studio, so music was always around.”

Son of the like-named album producer, Heid is in the early stages of shaping his professional career. He says he started showing some interest in percussion when he was 3, and his father bought him a drumset when he was 10.

A member of the up-and-coming Elevations, the band with trumpeter Benny Benack III, Heid also is considering going to China for six months to perform with his uncle, organist Bill Heid.

Heid, 23, from Aspinwall, attended Fox Chapel Area High School and Pittsburgh’s Creative and Performing Arts School, Downtown, before doing some work at the State University of New York’s Purchase campus and Duquesne University.

He works in a number of gigs in this area. But Elevations is his highest call right now, he says, adding he is proud the band recently put together its second album, which should be on the streets next spring.

The star who would play me in the movie version of my life:

James Stewart. He’s a complete boss.

The piece of memorabilia from my childhood I wish I still had:

Hockey stick given to me by Mario Lemieux at a Penguins practice at Southpointe

The superpower I wish I had in real life:

Being “The One” from “The Matrix”

I can’t live without my iPod, cellphone, DVR or laptop?

My iPhone5 and MacBook Pro are tied for first place.

App I wish I could invent:

Kenny Kirkland Transcriber

Celebrity crush:

Donna Reed

Favorite guilty pleasure:


Pick one:

A. Pirates

B. Penguins

C. Steelers

D. Other

E. I hate sports

Steelers, but I love the Penguins and I’m growing to love the Pirates.

Favorite lunchtime spot:

Smiling Banana Leaf in Highland Park

My favorite website:

In high school, I was:

Crazy as hell

In five years, I’d like to:

Live NYC, playing and writing music

When I was 10, I wanted to be:

A musician

My favorite cable channel:

The Science Channel

My most treasured fashion accessory:

My Alien glasses

If I wasn’t a musician, I’d be:


If I was auditioning for “American Idol,” my song would be:

“Coral Island” — Toru Takemitsu

The first band I saw in concert:

Roger Humphries Band at Foster’s

TV marathon I could watch all day:

“The Office”: Dwight Schrute and Michael Scott!!!

The best concert I’ve ever seen:

Pharaoh Sanders in Pittsburgh with Roger Humphries, Dwayne Dolphin and George Jones

What you’ll always find in my glove compartment:

Tons of CDs, an iPod and a pipe

If I could live my life as someone else, it would be:

Neil deGrasse Tyson

My most embarrassing junk food:

Candy cigarettes

Movie I could watch every time it appears on cable:


The song that always gets me out on the dance floor:

“Anything” by Roger Troutman or “Zapp”

If I could tour with any two bands, they would be:

Elevations or Kenny Garrett

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