Name: Kayleigh Morpeth
Category: Marching Percussion
Location: Hackettstown, New Jersey, United States
Hello my name is Kayleigh Morpeth, I am 16 years old and I live in Hackettstown, New Jersey. I am very excited to be able to compete in the Hit Like A Girl competition again because I had a lot of fun last year and being able to show how good girl drummers actually are. I have been drumming for 7 years. I started playing at the age of 9 at a local fife and drum corps called the Colonial Musketeers, which I am still affiliated with. About five years ago I got my first drum set for Christmas and flourished from there. I have been playing for my high school’s marching band as the only snare drummer for three years now, I started when I was an eighth grader. My inspirations from drumming are Les Parks, Buddy Rich and Neil Peart. Also, I have been inspired and have had the privilege to work, my instructors Ejvind Boccolini, Robert O’Connor and Master Sergeant Mark Reilly from the Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps. I would also like to thank Patrick McHale for being a mentor and an inspiration to me since I joined my fife and drum corps. I would also like to thank Chris Zwarych,- HHS Band and Marching Band director, Adam Freeman HMS Band Director and HHS Asst Marching Band Director. and Scott Lauritano,Percussion instructor HHS Marching Band for their encouragement. Finally, I would like to thank Jim Cash, Brian Piper, and Kyle Richards for letting me use the recording studio and giving constructive criticism along this road to success. I hope you enjoy my video and thanks for watching. Also, comments are always appreciated.
Awards: 2016-17 North Jersey Symphonic Area band member, Member of the 2016 Freddy Award winning Pit Band for HHS Musical No No Nannette, 2015-16 North Jersey Symphonic Area Band Member, 2014-15 North Jersey Junior High School Area Band Member, 2013-14 North Jersey Junior High School Area Band Member, 2013-14 New Jersey States Ancient Fife and Drum Female Snare and Female Bass Drum Champion, 2012-13 New Jersey States Ancient Fife and Drum Female Snare and Female Bass Drum Champion, 2011-12 New Jersey States Ancient Fife and Drum Female Snare and Female Bass Drum Champion, 2012-13 Northeastern Ancient Fife and Drum Association Female Snare and Female Bass Drum Champion, and 2011-12 Northeastern Ancient Fife and Drum Association Female Bass Drum 2nd Place.