Deb Wilt

When my music teacher in 5th grade asked if anyone wanted to play drums, I eagerly raised my hand! I knew that my mom would probably be against it, as we weren't really financially able to do it, but I was assured that I wouldn't need that much to start. I learned rhythm at first by tapping the table with my hands and then progressed to a drum pad, never actually owning any drums until I was much older. When I got to high school, I discovered tenor drums and was hooked! I loved playing melodic parts within the drum line...and on top of it, they looked and sounded so very cool. I played throughout HS and then played for 2 years in college before I began marching with the Steel City Ambassadors Senior drum and bugle corps. I also marched with the Westshoremen Sr. Corps in '92,'95-'97. As a team, we completed 2 years as an undefeated drum line, and won the championship in '96. My body began to remind me that it was aging, but I had never done any drumming outside of the marching arena and thought I may have come to the time of full retirement. In 2000, we moved to another area of the state and joined a church with a worship team. The worship leader found out I was a drummer and approached me, but informed that there were already 2 set drummers. He wondered though if maybe I could help them out by playing tambourine... as the person who was currently playing it was somewhat abusing it. I humbly accepted, and over time, added many more percussion instruments and truly had an awesome time praising God with the talent that He had given me! I have transitioned to playing a kit and continue to worship Jesus with the talent that I have been given. I have also given my talent to some local theaters as a volunteer drummer/percussionist for various musicals over the last 10 years. Over the years, I've had a lot of different reactions from people for being a "female drummer", but for the most part it has been good. I've also met a lot of women who say they wish they could...and that is one of the reasons why I love this contest! If you want to drum, take the first steps and start...don't just "wish" you could 🙂

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8 responses to “Deb Wilt”

  1. Good luck in the contest !! Great job Deb 👊🥁

  2. Rikki Woods says:

    Hi Deb.

    Fabulous. Enjoyed your video.

  3. Dana says:

    Loved it!!

  4. Kim says:

    You go girl!!

  5. bethanywilt says:

    I love you! Best drummer there is, and the best mom. Supporting you always!

  6. Helen says:

    Of course I think you are best female drummer there is, but I may be a little prejudiced. I love you Deb!

  7. livingin3g says:

    Awesome video. It’s great to see you play again.

  8. Kevin Allen says:

    Great job, Deb. So very proud of you and your giving spirit.
    Kevin Allen

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