Maryjayne Scranton

United States

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.

6 Comments

  1. victoriaacosta victoriaacosta on April 1, 2022 at 10:16 pm

    Hi Maryjayne, good job 🤟🏼🤩

  2. Nick on April 3, 2022 at 6:19 am

    Great stuff, MJ!

  3. rockdude on April 21, 2022 at 4:26 pm

    You’re really good.

  4. jhealeync on April 24, 2022 at 6:15 pm

    Awesome, MJ!!

  5. MariaWulf MariaWulf on April 29, 2022 at 7:30 pm

    Maryjayne, I love your mission statement as I too have always wanted others to consider me a “good drummer” and not just a “good for a girl” drummer. Keep being awesome and setting an example for others and you will make that change.

  6. Zurda on May 2, 2022 at 6:04 pm

    I love your style! I could identify with you because I started to play the drums because of my brother, too, and I was the first women drummer in my country Guatemala. I recommend to practice always with a metronome and work with your technique. Keep on doing! You are doing well. Congratulations!

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