I am 49 years old and have been passionate about drumming my whole adult life and enjoy the lifelong learning and discipline that goes along with being a musician. As long as I can remember I wanted to play the drums and was lucky in that my parents never discouraged me, instead they supported me and allowed me to follow my passion. I was able to realize my dream of going to the University of North Texas and study with world class musician and educator, Ed Soph. When I was young I couldn’t name more than two women who were professional drummers. I was often given a lot of unwanted attention and well meaning yet derogatory comments like, “You’re good for a girl.” Today I’m so pleased to see so many young girls and women making their mark in the drumming world.
I’ve been understanding more and more how important it is to be present and make yourself seen by those who need to see representation of themselves doing what they dream of doing. Almost every time I am out playing, a woman approaches me and tells me how proud it makes them to see a woman playing drums because when they were young they were told that only boys were allowed to play drums in band. My future goals are to increase my social media presence and inspire anyone who wishes to pursue their passion.
This time last year was the beginning of year two of the pandemic and I was feeling what I call the “COVID Doldrums” when I came across the Hit Like A Girl competition. I decided I needed a project like this to give me focus and and a goal and that I would submit a video for the 2022 competition. I spent this last year deciding on a song that would be fun and a challenge that will help improve my skills. I researched audio equipment, micing techniques, and audio and video production. This has been a wonderful growth experience for me and gave me something positive to look forward to during an emotionally challenging time for so many.