Eleanor Hughes

My love of drums began when I was 8 years old, living in the UK. I became hooked during a theater rehearsal of the "King & I" when we were invited to try out an instrument from the pit. When I played a beat on the drums, the musical director accompanied me on the piano, with everyone watching. However, when I requested drum lessons at my school (a girls' school by the way), I was told by multiple teachers that I was too small to play. Obviously, I was upset, but that didn't dim my yearning to learn to play, my mum found a great studio where I studied for 3 years. In 2017, my family moved from the UK to the US, but I continued to play, studying with a local teacher. In his studio, I was chosen to be a part of one of the rock bands being formed there with 3 boys. Our band, Technical Difficulties, has been playing together for two years, and in that time, we have played at multiple gigs, including fundraisers for organisations such as Somos Luz, a charity in Guatemala that helps children in poverty, and a school-run fundraiser for the "Be Kind" movement. I am also a founding member and treasurer of my high school's LGBTQ+ club, "Together As One".
My drumming heroes include Taylor Hawkins (Foo Fighters), Charlie Watts (Rolling Stones), and Andy Hurley (Fall Out Boy), and I believe that my style incorporates a blend of the three of them, and I hope that my cover of the Foo Fighters' "Everlong" will showcase that as well.

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  1. Robert on March 17, 2021 at 11:48 am

    Good luck in the contest. Do you have a drum stool or throne? Will you upload more videos on your YouTube channel? Would you ever play the alto saxophone? That’s awesome that your in a band. Do you hope to be a professional drummer? That’s cool that you didn’t let anyone stop you from playing drums. When you drummed at the theatre was that the first time you played drums?

    • Eleanor Hughes on April 19, 2021 at 10:21 am

      Thank you Robert! What a lot of questions! To answer your first question, I have a regular stool, but I would love to invest in a throne (for some extra back support). I think that I will continue to post videos, although I’m not quite sure how frequent that will be. In regards to the saxophone, it was the first instrument I thought of learning, but the drums ended up taking precedence (but I may just take it up to learn the saxophone solo in Brown Sugar by the Rolling Stones!). I’d love to be a professional drummer, but I’m aware that I have to work hard at school as well! And yes, when I played at the rehearsal, it was my first time playing the drums. Thank you for your interest!

  2. Twilightdeb on April 19, 2021 at 9:07 am

    I’m so proud of you, Eleanor! Keep up the hard work!

    • Eleanor Hughes on April 23, 2021 at 9:02 am

      Thanks! I really appreciate your support! 🙂

  3. ALarry5 on April 21, 2021 at 6:18 am

    You’re amazing E!!! We love you!!!! Best of luck 😁

    • Eleanor Hughes on April 21, 2021 at 10:34 am

      Thank you! <3

  4. amykozel on April 21, 2021 at 11:25 am

    Before today my favorite drummer was Janet Weiss. Now I have a new favorite! Great work, Eleanor!

    • Eleanor Hughes on April 23, 2021 at 9:05 am

      Thank you! I really appreciate your support!

  5. Shelagh Halsall on April 25, 2021 at 7:17 am

    Excellent drumming Eleanor and good music choice. 👍

    • Eleanor Hughes on April 28, 2021 at 11:05 am

      Thank you! I really appreciate your support and the number of votes you’ve managed to drum up (no pun intended!).

  6. spike on April 26, 2021 at 4:34 am

    You are REALLY talented & I love to watch and hear you play! So proud of you xx

    • Eleanor Hughes on April 28, 2021 at 11:04 am

      Thank you!! <3

  7. recordskeeper on April 28, 2021 at 8:47 am

    You go girl!!! You are AMAZING and so TALENTED!!!

    • Eleanor Hughes on April 28, 2021 at 11:03 am

      Thank you! I really appreciate your support, and I definitely will!

  8. KSJ on April 29, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Absolutely amazing talent. Well done and good luck.

    • Eleanor Hughes on April 29, 2021 at 4:16 pm

      Thank you! What a lovely comment – you’ve made me smile!

  9. Geerjay on April 30, 2021 at 2:13 am


    guess who?

    • Eleanor Hughes on May 1, 2021 at 10:17 am

      Someone who enjoys my drumming, maybe?? Thank you for your lovely comment!!

  10. Geerjay on May 1, 2021 at 1:58 am

    EMH: I am impressed that you completed your piece without stops or edits.

    You are not ‘good’ but you are ‘excellent.’

    Drum on to the top!


    • Eleanor Hughes on May 2, 2021 at 5:00 pm


  11. Margot Angus on May 2, 2021 at 1:03 pm

    Best of Luck and what a great accomplishment!!

    • Eleanor Hughes on May 2, 2021 at 5:01 pm

      Thank you very much!

  12. Brent Chambers on May 3, 2021 at 3:59 am

    Eleanor, you rule. Incredible work. Good luck!

    • Eleanor Hughes on May 3, 2021 at 10:06 am

      Thank you very much! I really appreciate your support!

  13. Ann Stuart on May 4, 2021 at 2:24 pm

    Congratulations 🥳 xx

    • Eleanor Hughes on May 14, 2021 at 1:14 pm

      Thank you so much!!

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