Vanessa Smith

United States

I started playing drums in the school music program when I was 10 years old. I played in high school and college and then adult life took me away from music. I play now for my own enjoyment and to connect with others. This is my second year entering the Hit Like A Girl contest. I feel it’s important for me to participate in support of the contest and sponsors, so that they know how important this opportunity is for female drummers. I feel no one is too old to enjoy playing drums and having music a part of our life. I play a Tama Club Jam kit with Roland triggers and a TD-9 electronic module. It’s quiet and house friendly and allows me to customize the drum sounds and be creative without having alot of extra gear. The song I choose is Who Loves You, a drumless track made famous by The Four Seasons. It was a challenging song for me, and I love the hi-hat work throughout the piece. Thanks so much for continuing this contest and the sponsors for continuing to encourage the next generation of female drummers!


  1. rasila Queen on April 2, 2022 at 7:43 am

    Another rockin granny! I love it. I am 74 and still getting better, as I started late. Love your high hat work and great attitude. Rock on!


    • vanessalsmith vanessalsmith on April 8, 2022 at 5:29 am

      Thanks for the reply Queenie! Never too old, right?!?!

  2. DianeHirakawa DianeHirakawa on April 4, 2022 at 12:27 pm

    Love your hi-hat grooves and tradition grip. You got a beat going and added some 1/16 notes too. Good job! Diane (73-a tad younger than Queenie….)

    • vanessalsmith vanessalsmith on April 8, 2022 at 5:30 am

      Thanks Diane! It’s great to still be playing and having fun. Never too old! 🙂

  3. Jc Rox on April 9, 2022 at 2:03 am

    That hi hat groove reallydrives this song! I love it. Great job!

    • vanessalsmith vanessalsmith on April 12, 2022 at 12:13 pm

      Thanks Jc Rox! It’s a fun song to play. 🙂

  4. rasila queen on April 13, 2022 at 2:27 pm

    congratulations! Great job

  5. JoyB (Sapphire Muzik) on April 19, 2022 at 8:52 pm

    Vanessa wow – you totally killed it!

  6. MariaWulf MariaWulf on April 22, 2022 at 8:51 am

    Vanessa. I’m so impressed with your hi hat playing! What a tough feel to maintain while syncing the rhythms with the bass drum, very inspiring. Keep showing the world that gender and age have nothing to do with one’s ability to follow their bliss.

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