Shannon Roll

United States

Hi there! I’m Shannon. I’ve been playing off and on since 1989 when I started taking lessons in Germany when I was an exchange student. I’ve played in cover and original bands, in pits for theater shows, a community orchestra, in large stadiums, and even a car commercial. I’m not flashy or showy, but I know people like to play with me because I lock in with the bass player and settle into the pocket. If I don’t know the song, I’ll make it up best I can. I like to think many things don’t phase me when I play, I even left a flub I had with my stick in my video because that’s real life!

My influences are big and mighty – Steve Smith, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, John Bonham, Dave Grohl and Taylor Hawkins – the last 2 lead me to pick this song. I played it in a cover band years ago and loved it, so I dusted it off as a tribute to Taylor.

I do this for fun, I have no illusions of becoming famous and going on the road. I haven’t played in a band since the beginning of 2020 (and all that came with that.) I’ve played a few open jams in the last year, and I love the reaction I get from the people who have jammed with me in the past when I walk in the door. Even more fun to me is opening a can of female drumming whoop-rump on those who dismiss me because I’m a gal. I love that I’ve been able to play all these years and am looking forward to more playing adventures in the future.


  1. Alison Bardgett Alison Bardgett on April 20, 2022 at 11:25 pm

    Shannon you are a wonderful drummer! Always keeping it real, fun and true to your own style. I wish you all the best in this competition. You rock and you absolutely did this proud ❤️🥁🎶

    • sjrollo sjrollo on April 22, 2022 at 10:23 pm

      Thank you so much Ali!

  2. MariaWulf MariaWulf on April 22, 2022 at 2:25 pm

    Great job, Shannon. Solid!

    • sjrollo sjrollo on April 22, 2022 at 10:24 pm

      I appreciate you saying that!

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