Claudia Paige

When Claudia Paige asked at age seven to play the trumpet, her family couldn't really afford an instrument purchase -- and so her teacher suggested the drums, since then they'd only have to buy some sticks. This decision kickstarted a lifelong love affair, from which Claudia has never experienced even so much as a brief separation. Beginning with her high school band JAIN and continuing to the present day, Claudia has played and shared the stage with many renowned musicians, ranging from Bo Diddley and Jerry Garcia when she was a child to Zap Mama and Linda Perry when she was an adult. She has been sponsored for international tours by the Cannes Film Festival, Berlin Loft Concerts, and the United Nations and has performed in eleven countries and forty-eight of fifty states in the U.S. She also toured the country and co-composed music for the San Francisco Mime Troupe, a Tony-Award-winning theater company, for several years.

Claudia has a very eclectic drumming style, incorporating hand drums from around the world into her drum kit. Raised on swampy funky blues and a love for music from around the world, she fuses together world rhythms, with a funky groove and “solid in the pocket” feel to the music. Having moved from California to the Pacific Northwest in 2016, she plays with several local bands and choirs, continues working on her many original projects, and offers lessons through her own Octopus School of Drums, where she especially loves teaching girls to play.

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  1. giovannatakakibottai on March 28, 2020 at 7:36 pm

    Beautiful place and great drumming Claudia!! Good luck in the contest. 😊

  2. Lizzy Schmidt on March 29, 2020 at 9:07 am

    Oh my goodness, I loved every single moment of your video. I was surprised when you were able to adjust your glasses and not miss a beat! Great job and good luck to you. 🥁

  3. drummerdanva on March 29, 2020 at 2:39 pm

    Excellent drumming. Cool setting. And can I assume the drums were just being picked up by the camera mic? They sounded great.

  4. vanessalsmith on March 30, 2020 at 4:21 pm

    Great drumming, good luck in the contest!

  5. Rasila Queen on March 31, 2020 at 6:05 am

    Very nice, I loved it and the backdrop was beautiful. My sisters are so inspiring to me and I am so grateful to every one.

    Good luck,

  6. Daba on April 1, 2020 at 10:25 am

    Loved this! Kept my head bobbing the whole time!

  7. Sheila Klotz on April 6, 2020 at 1:21 pm

    I love it! And the screensaver is a perfect compliment!

  8. Anna V on April 8, 2020 at 7:32 am


  9. Rasila Queen on April 10, 2020 at 8:27 am

    Congratulations, you deserved this.

  10. Lizzy Schmidt on April 14, 2020 at 10:48 am

    Congratulations on week 4!!

  11. Lea T. on April 25, 2020 at 6:31 pm

    Claudia!! That was awesome and inspiring to watch! I could hear the influence of the hand drums coming through in some of the rhythms you played, including the universal stop at the end:) And congrats on your weekly win, as well. Joyful performance . . . Cheers!

  12. samanddan1 on April 27, 2020 at 1:01 am

    That was amazing, so much fun!

  13. dirtydogdavis on May 4, 2020 at 1:16 pm

    Love this, you have a great groove and style 🙂

  14. Vera Figuereido on May 18, 2020 at 10:22 am

    What a beautiful look Claudia! That was a great idea. Nature is very inspiring. I believe you have listened to or watched Gene Krupa with Benny Goodman’s big band and the Sing, Sing, Sing … and we still have a little samba on your drums. I also liked the hair covering your face. Congratulations! Good luck!

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