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Diane Hirakawa

Diane Hirakawa - 2021 Hit Like a Girl - IMPACT theme
My passion for drumming began in middle school as a snare drummer in an all girl drum & bugle corps. I was an only child and being in a group with 100 girls was similar to having siblings. On through college I continued to have an impact on women drummers by being accepted into a previously all male drum and bugle corps in the late 1960's. After a 30+ year break, I started drumming again with a drum instructor who taught me to read drum music notation. This allowed me to edit "Strangiato" to an acceptable contest time.
Learning "Strangiato" was an ambitious project and also playing with a live band. During the guitar solo I kept a single, precise 7/8 beat following Steve Job's "Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication." My favorite parts were the jazzy tribal part, with my peppy groove on an open hi-hat and double bass, and the formidable drum solos around the kit. Finally, it just felt right to put in a woodblock.
Music influences for this song include:Thomas Lang's double bass work, Steve Gadd's rudiments, and certainly the late Neil Peart's time signature changes and ghost notes.
I hope to continue having an impact on girls by teaching drumming and sight reading. And at age 72, I hope I am a positive role model for female drummers. I will continue my middle school math tutoring to help girls realize they can choose traditionally male dominated professions by having a strong math background.

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17 Comments

  1. Rasila Queen on March 3, 2021 at 8:53 am

    Hey now the bios are up. Good to see you here and great job!

  2. Diane Hirakawa on March 3, 2021 at 12:06 pm

    Just know that is the first time I sat behind that set and for only twice through. I can’t believe I was looking DOWN so much, not at all like my trusty Pearl at home. But the first time through I kept hitting the rims of everything, so I suppose I was being cautious. Egads! LIve and learn, right?! Good Luck to everyone in the 40+ category. We are the ‘older’ ones, especially Queenie and me in our own 70+ category! LOL

  3. Diane Hirakawa on March 3, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    I added some innovation “cymbal swirls” during part of the guitar solo along with the 7/8 rhythm. That rhythm was the hardest groove I’ve ever played in of itself. And we just had two attempts to video 4:16 sec. without pandemic masks and took the best one. I love to read and hear your stories, too.

  4. Diane Hirakawa on March 3, 2021 at 3:24 pm

    I added some innovation “cymbal swirls” on my own for fun, during part of the guitar solo along with the 7/8 rhythm. That rhythm was the hardest groove I’ve ever played in of itself. And we just had two attempts to video 4:16 sec. without pandemic masks and took the best one. I love to read and hear your stories, too.

  5. Carolyn Potts on March 5, 2021 at 10:01 am

    Good to see you here again. I’ve seen you play in past HLAG contests, and you always perform well. Good job!

    • Diane Hirakawa on March 8, 2021 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you for the compliment. Too restricted in SD last year plus isolation 12 months for me for immune compromised. We went to the studio with masks on for ONE rehearsal, then recroded without masks twice and took the best. Really needed another time through to correc 2 glaring errors, but we was afraid with no masks. Have fun! BTW: I took lessons 10 years with my fabulous British insructor but not the past year. We’re all hoping the vaccines will work soon and back to a nearer normal.

  6. Mary Ellen on March 8, 2021 at 6:45 pm

    Awesome! So proud of your committment and your skills!

  7. cfee on March 9, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    you video and your bio is quite blast ones. bravo young Lady ! some other are super lucky to know you . kind regards from Europe ( France )

  8. cfee on March 9, 2021 at 2:59 pm

    your video and your bio is quite blast ones. bravo young Lady ! some other are super lucky to know you . kind regards from Europe ( France )

  9. Jtowns7497 on March 9, 2021 at 4:41 pm

    This is wonderful!! How many different time sig changes are in there? You played to the song perfectly as it ebbed and flowed – some pretty nice fills sprinkled in there too!! Nice job – expertly done 🙂

  10. David Frangioni on March 13, 2021 at 7:27 pm

    Great job on a very difficult song to play! Congrats, you challenged yourself to a truly “drummers” drum-focused track and nailed it!

  11. Christine Barreras on March 14, 2021 at 12:25 pm

    Well played, Diana! Nice to see that you challenge yourself and innovate. Good luck to you!

  12. Tom on April 27, 2021 at 12:04 pm

    Diane does a great job with those sticks. We’ve jammed together in the past and always had a great time.

  13. blackjack on April 30, 2021 at 8:43 am

    Awesome Video! I liked that you played with a live band. Keep drumming and being a change agent!

  14. anarenataolaeta on April 30, 2021 at 10:23 pm

    Thank you for your comment, you play the drums in a spectacular way, and the green color of your drums enchanted me, when your feet are barefoot you feel how the bass sounds enter your whole body, congratulations, I vote for you too!!, greetings from Oaxaca, Mexico!! 😘

  15. Lourdes Lollipop on May 2, 2021 at 12:30 am

    You’re the coolest lady ever !! me and my grandma love your drumming, you got our votes everyday,coolest lady !! good luck !!

    • Diane Hirakawa on May 14, 2021 at 4:14 pm

      Thank you so much for the kind words. Keep drumming, no matter what is going on in life. Glad we ‘met.’ Diane

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