I am a 42 year old drummer from Connecticut, USA. I began playing when I was 39 and have currently been taking lessons with my instructor and mentor Fran Merante for 2 years. I had a desire to play drums since I was very young and when I was a teenager asked my parents for lessons. After purchasing a kit and taking a few lessons, our attached neighbors were banging on the walls and cursing for the noise to stop. This was a real downside to growing up in Brooklyn, NY. That was end of my drumming aspirations until I decided to pursue the instrument at almost 40 years old. While still in the very early parts of my journey, I am inspired to dream big and hope to do session work someday. Some of my inspirations are Jeff Porcaro, David Garibaldi, John JR Robinson, Taylor Hawkins and Tommy Igoe. My submission is the tune “Diggin’ on James Brown” by Tower of Power. This was a perfect introduction to funk drumming for me as well as some more complex hi hat work.
I hopes to set an example for other women who think it’s too late to start learning a new instrument. It’s never too late. Music can never enter our lives at the wrong time. Over the last few years I have also been challenged by an autoimmune arthritis in my hands and wrists and there have been so many times that I have thought I would not be able to continue playing, but I never give up on myself.
I live on a small farm with my husband, step-daughters and 6 dogs. We also have small off grid cabin in the north woods of Maine. My IMPACT is environmental. We have horses that can drive and take the place of some machinery and our carbon footprint at our cabin is very small. We use solar panels for power and water and we provide a natural sanctuary for moose on our property in the state of Maine.