A Staten Island third-grader is gaining attention for his incredible drumming talent.
It seems the instrument has always been in the cards for 8-year-old Malcolm McBeth, his father says. As an infant, he'd crawl into the kitchen and drum on the pots and pans.
One Sunday at church, Malcolm got up during service and toddled all the way up to the front and sat next to the drummer.
"That was his spot from then on," said John McBeth, Malcolm's father.
When he turned 3, his parents got him a drum set and he's been playing each day ever since.
"He'd come from church and mimic what he saw that day," said John.
Malcolm's musical talent is all his, according to his dad. No one else in the family plays instruments.
Now Malcolm plays with the band at his school P.S. 22 -- famed for its school chorus -- and plays at his church.
He continues to takes lessons, and has even gotten comfortable among the grown-ups during live sets: he recently sat in to play the drums with a live band at Henny's Steakhouse on Staten Island, including covers of Katy Perry's "Hot and Cold" and Eric Clapton's "Tore Down."
YouTube videos of Malcolm show the boy deftly and gleefully pounding on drum sets.
John says he's just happy that his son has a passion for music, and that the family will continue to support him for as long as loves to play.
Malcolm's videos can be seen on a Facebook page set up for him here.
Photos courtesy John McBeth