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.