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Lemuel, like a great deal of drummers, started playing drums young. It started with pencils and spoons as a child and then a toy drum set one Christmas. It lasted all of two days, but it was an awesome two days. However, sticks would not reappear in Lemuel’s hands until he was 19. With a new set, sticks, band, and lessons, it was time to chase the dream.

Shortly after taking on an instructor role at DRUMS101, Hayes joined the ranks of MISFORTUNE500 and was once again playing music for all the reasons that matter – making people move, think and see where passion can lead. Lessons have expanded and MISFORTUNE500 has established its name, two Eastern US tours, and a full-length release, Before This Winter Ends. Thereafter, Athens-based crooner Monahan was in search of a drummer, and Hayes arrived to take the throne for the writing, recording process and beyond. Shortly after the LP release of Stop Saying I, Hayes battered zombie-heads on MTV's Death Valley with the aptly-named, "Dirty Talk".

Lemuel has also played in musicals in the Hall county area including productions at The Holly Theatre, Gainesville High, and North Hall High. After being introduced to Cindy Wilson of The B52’s, Lemuel backed the Queen of Kitsch and her long-time musical friend Dana Downs for a stellar set for REM’s 30th Anniversary celebration and a performance at the High Museum of Art in Atlanta under the moniker “Ola Moon.”

These days, whenever he’s not slingin’ swingin’ tunes with Wayde Powell, providing a lush rhythmic texture with Monahan, or showing padawans of percussion the path, Lemuel is lending his skills live, on tape and in the pit. With a full plate of drumming in front of him, playing never tasted so good.