BREAK THROUGH 2018
My passion for rhythm, music, and drumming began in middle school as a snare drummer in an all girl Ohio drum & bugle corps. On through college and into the 70's, I continued to "break through" past gender barriers by being accepted into a successful, previously all male drum line.
After a 30+ year break, I started drumming again with San Diego music and drum instructor Simon Das Gupta. While learning to navigate a full drum set, I was quite surprised my chops were nearly intact. Simon insisted I learn to read drum musical notation which has allowed me to learn songs at a faster pace.
My "Tom Sawyer" entry was not an easy song to play with a variety of time signatures by RUSH. Plus in our one and only rehearsal I edited sections due to lack of a keyboard, and added a creative double bass ending for the 3:00 contest time criteria. Recording live, without a metronome click, made it even more challenging. However, learning "Tom Sawyer" has been a highly rewarding project. I think my video friends would agree. (John Gravelle, Brian Mafi, and Desi Klaar.)
My influences still include: Rich Redmond's energy on the set, Thomas Lang's double bass work, Steve Gadd's rudiments, and certainly Neil Peart's time signature changes. I seem to gravitate toward classic and southern rock, but I've been exploring other percussion instruments to give more depth to my repertoire.
I want to thank UCLA kidney transplant surgeon, Dr. Jeff Veale, for his encouragement and confidence in me to "break though" kidney disease and continue living life to the fullest with my new kidney.