In 1963, the Carpenters all moved to California. For tertiary education, Richard went to California State College at Long Beach and developed his music skills there. Meanwhile, Karen studied at Downey High School and learned how to play the drums there. The siblings first played together as part of the pit orchestra for a local staging of “Guys and Dolls”.
A Little Secret
Karen might have ended up becoming a talented drummer, but she had a specific reason in mind. So what was it that made her pursue the drums? Well, she did not like to go to early morning gym class and it was her get out of jail free card! Amazing.