The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air: Season 1, Episode 2

Bang the Drum, Ashley (17 Sep. 1990)

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After Ashley reveals to him that she does not enjoy playing the violin he takes her to and trades her violin in for a drum set. Then reveals that he has already hired Ashley a teacher. Jazz.



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Episode cast overview:
Ashley Banks (as Tatyana M. Ali)
Jazz (as DJ Jazzy Jeff)
Madame Chatchka


Uncle Phil gives Will one simple task: Take Ashley and her friends to their violin lesson, sit, wait, and bring her home again. However, during class, Ashley confesses that she doesn't like the violin, so Will takes her to a pawn shop in East L.A. and swaps it out for a set of drums. As expected, Uncle Phil is furious, but Aunt Viv reasons that he should let her play whatever instruments she wants to play. On top of changing instruments, Will also brings in his buddy Jazz as a new music teacher. Then Will is disappointed when Ashley admits that she doesn't like the drums. Then Aunt Viv is disappointed when Ashley admits that she doesn't like ballet either. She just never told anyone because she didn't want to disappoint them. Written by Jerry Roberts <>

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The scene where Jazz is thrown out of the house in this episode is the same exact clip used in every Fresh Prince episode that features him being thrown out of the front door. See more »


Geoffrey comes in with aspirin and a glass of water for Phil. The glass of water changes during shots, even though Phil has not drunk it. See more »


William 'Will' Smith: Aww come on Uncle Phil, you gonna ruin my rep.
Philip Banks: You're only 17. You don't have a rep yet.
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References Bang the Drum Slowly (1973) See more »


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