Hi! My name is Maryjayne, I’m 12 years old. I’ve been playing drums since I was 8. At the time, my older brother was in his school band as a percussionist. I remember stealing his sticks and drum pad and playing. At first, I would just make up little beats, but I ended up getting really into it. I asked my dad if I could start playing the drums so I could be ‘the first female drummer.’ At the time I only knew male drummers, which is why I love this contest so much. My parents ended up getting me a lesson with my teacher, who I love so much, for my birthday. I’ve been playing ever since. Drumming has always been something I’ve enjoyed, and it’s always my fun fact in school. People have always been so surprised to learn that I was a ‘female drummer.’ I constantly get annoyed when I hear a comment like this. I’m a drummer. Just like everyone else here I also happen to be a female. I don’t want that to be your first impression of me. If you were to ask me where I want to go with drums, I could answer with a simple answer. I want to change that first impression.