My passion for rhythm, music, and drumming began in middle school as a snare drummer in a Midwest all girl drum & bugle corps. I was an only child so being a drummer in a group with 100 girls was like having 99 sisters. On through college, in the ’70s, I continued to break down gender barriers after being accepted into a successful, previously all male Midwest drum line.
After a 30+ year break, I started drumming again with a British drum instructor, Simon Das Gupta, who taught me how to navigate a full drum set. We were quite surprised my chops were still nearly intact. He insisted I learn to read drum notation which allowed me to learn various genre on my own, especially with no instructor during the pandemic.
Learning parts of “Moby Dick” was ambitious and playing with a live band even more so. Various drum and percussion complexities were created by John Bonham plus I created some of my own. Playing a cajon at church helped me with the percussion in this adaption. My favorite sections include: the double bass with triplets, the long single roll, and the triplets around the kit. Music influences for this song include: Thomas Lang’s double bass work, Steve Gadd’s rudiments, and of course John Bonham.
I’d like to continue having an impact on elementary age girls seeking to pursue their drumming skills by teaching them various genres of music plus gaining the ability to read drum notation. And at age 73, after a successful UCLA kidney transplant 8 yrs. ago, I continue to enter this contest even though a 2 hr. magnesium infusion every other week. It is my hope I will be a positive role model for female drummers of all ages. This cover is meant to show my respect to all who came before me.
The best of luck to all. Diane (Hirakawa)