Michelle Gaytan

United States

My name is Michelle Gaytan and I’m 48 and live in Sandusky, Ohio with my partner of 19 years. I’m number 8 out of 9 children and grew up with various types of music genres. Classic Rock, Motown, R&B, Tejano, Mariachi, and Country to name a few. One of my earliest memories was my dad teaching my brother how to do a traditional grip roll from slow to fast. The precision, timing, and acceleration of the sticks was the coolest thing I ever saw. My father and brother were both kit players. I was introduced at an early age to Zeppelin, The Police, and The Go-Go’s ( a female drummer!!). My dad’s Ludwig was my practice kit and I took lessons and played in H.S. Pep band and Orchestra. Then in college playing for Eastern Michigan’s Athletic Band. After college I didn’t make time to play any more and took a 25 year hiatus. Covid seemed like a perfect time to go back to playing a kit. I’ve been blessed with meeting many great drummers through Drummer Girl’s United, Drummer Nation, and Gretsch Drum Community and am grateful for their expertise and friendship. As far as influences in my youth I focused on classic rock. John Bonham, Stewart Copeland, Gina Shock, Sheila E., and many others were my favorites. Today I try to learn from every drummer I meet. From kit set up, gear choices, style of play, and love of drums I feel we can all learn from one another.

16 Comments

  1. David on April 20, 2022 at 6:45 pm

    🤘🤘🤘

    • mgaytan175@yahoo.com mgaytan175@yahoo.com on April 26, 2022 at 10:02 pm

      ❤️

      • Cynthia Quintanilla on May 3, 2022 at 2:22 am

        Good luck

  2. MariaWulf MariaWulf on April 22, 2022 at 2:35 pm

    I enjoyed your playing, Michelle. Excellent job keeping the triplet groove going on the hi hat 🙂

    • mgaytan175@yahoo.com mgaytan175@yahoo.com on April 26, 2022 at 10:03 pm

      That song was harder than I thought- I was very nervous taping myself

  3. Chelsea on April 22, 2022 at 5:29 pm

    Awesome job!

    • mgaytan175@yahoo.com mgaytan175@yahoo.com on April 26, 2022 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks Chelsea!!

  4. Chris Leffler on April 23, 2022 at 3:14 am

    Sounds good 🙏🏼❤️

    • mgaytan175@yahoo.com mgaytan175@yahoo.com on April 26, 2022 at 10:03 pm

      Thanks Chris

  5. Monica Olivarez on April 25, 2022 at 6:34 pm

    good song choice, great job

    • mgaytan175@yahoo.com mgaytan175@yahoo.com on April 26, 2022 at 10:06 pm

      I tried to pick something a little difficult – the bass groove was a workout

  6. Elodia Garza on April 25, 2022 at 8:02 pm

    🗣Don’t Stop Get It Get It 💃🏽💃🏽💃🏽

    • mgaytan175@yahoo.com mgaytan175@yahoo.com on April 26, 2022 at 10:04 pm

      Thank you so much

  7. Shannon Waltz on April 26, 2022 at 10:14 am

    Sounds soo good! You done amazing ❤️

  8. mgaytan175@yahoo.com mgaytan175@yahoo.com on April 26, 2022 at 10:04 pm

    Thank you so much

  9. DianeHirakawa DianeHirakawa on May 5, 2022 at 7:07 pm

    Hi fellow Sandusky gal! What a small world, huh? Any way, I was a jazz dancer and drummer in high school and college so I will tell you that your song choice is perfect for a stage production with jazz dancing. Your drumming could make it a tremendous appeal to the audience! Great job on this piece. I checked with a metronome and believe it to be approximately 88 bpm. That is speedy for one hand and you did it. Congrats!

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