Diana Nowak-Riffel

Diana "Danusia Beatz" has been playing drums since she was 14 years old. Danusia is her Polish name as her parents came to America from Poland in the 70's. She 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.

Danusia knew at 12 she wanted to be a drummer but her parent’s weren’t keen on drums in the house. After saving enough cash for two years and practicing on pillows, learning by ear listening to recordings, she proved to her parents she was serious. At age 14 she started official drum lessons. In 2012, Danusia Beatz married her long-time musical collaborator Dave Riffel (since 2003), and they continue producing backing tracks, commercials and videos for various artists at their studio in the Niagara Arts & Cultural Center in Niagara Falls, NY.

In 2015, she quit her full-time job to pursue her first passion of drumming full-time. You can catch Danusia gigging with with her original band FREIGHTRAIN in Buffalo, NY as well as other bands at local festivals/clubs and churches around Western New York. She also frequents women's conferences playing beatz for worship leader Keri Cardinale.Lastly you can catch Danusia frequently posting creative drum videos & lessons on instagram!

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  1. giovannatakakibottai on March 25, 2020 at 1:38 pm

    Solid drumming!! Congrats Diana. Good luck in the contest. 😊

  2. Sandy Thatcher on April 17, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    Very professionally done, nice job! I like the changeups here and there, but it’s a good funky jazz/rock beat throughout, which makes for easy listening. I could listen to a lot more.

  3. Timothy Thompson - Hamburg Percussion on April 24, 2020 at 7:24 pm

    Very nice! Love the groove!

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