Suzanne Shimaya

United States

I started drumming late in life. When I was younger, it wasn’t feasible, and it certainly wasn’t encouraged, so it hadn’t entered my mind as a passion pursuit. For most of my life, I hadn’t pursued/played a musical instrument. After having spent years working on my educational goals and a career, I yearned to feel at home through creative expression and eventually found the drums. It was a struggle in the beginning. Not the technical aspects of drumming per se but the mental aspect. When the time came to leave my first drum teacher, I’ll be forever grateful he made sure I really listened to his parting words to me: “It would be a travesty if you stopped pursuing the drums. You must continue. People need to hear you play.” His words came at the right time. They helped me stay on my musical path: to acknowledge what I had to offer, to not give up, and to see that age, gender and ethnicity needn’t be barriers. During the pandemic, I’ve done the best I can to continue my drum education online. My goal is to share my drum set skills, especially in collaboration with other musicians and songwriters, or through recordings. Music heals. Drumming helps us feel whole again and feel connected to others. Percussive rhythms tether us to each other and help us make sense of our bodies and emotions in relation to an ever-changing world. Thank you.

1 Comment

  1. MariaWulf MariaWulf on April 22, 2022 at 2:39 pm

    Great performance. Love the driving funky time. One of my favorite songs 🙂

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