Diana “Danusia Beatz” Nowak-Riffel has been playing drums since 1999.
Born of Polish-immigrants and raised in Niagara Falls, NY & has brought the beatz to multiple bands since 2003 all over Western New York with styles ranging from rock, blues, fusion, funk, hip hop & worship.
She is currently the full time drummer for Blues & Funk band Freightrain in Buffalo, NY. Danusia regularly does session work at her studio space at the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center & other studios in Western New York. Danusia also frequents conferences for worship leader Keri Cardinale as her drummer.
Danusia’s greatest influences have been Benny Greb, David Garibaldi, Carter Beauford; and most importantly her local mentors/teachers Mark Pirolli, Teddy Reinhardt (of the legendary fusion group Gamalon) & Jim Linsner.