Camellia Akhamie Kies fell in love with drums and percussion while watching her family play at church. She was only five years old the first time she saw the drums being played, but she instantly knew that was what she wanted to do.
Born in Heidelberg, Germany in 1989, Camellia expressed deep interest in music from a very young age. During High School she began to study drums and percussion privately with Myles Overton III from The United States Army Band "Pershing's Own". For several years during and after High School Overton mentored and trained Camellia in all areas of drums and percussion.
In June 2008 Camellia graduated from Woodbridge Senior High School, and shortly after receiving her diploma she auditioned and was accepted into the United States Navy Music Program, she served 6 years in the US Navy Fleet Band as a full time drummer and percussionist. She was honorably discharged from the Navy in 2014 and shortly after finishing her service she began to work on her college degree. She graduated from UMUC last year and currently teaches drums and works on music projects in the Jacksonville, Florida area. Camellia is 29 years old and expecting her first child any day now. Good Luck everyone. Girl Drummers are awesome.