I grew up in Southern Louisiana where marching bands in Mardi Gras parades made my heart race. My Dad would play Zydeco, Blues, and Jazz music on the record player while Mom provided pots, pans, spoons and bongos on the floor so I could provide accompaniment. When I was 10 years old, I asked her for drum lessons and she said yes. My Mom is one of my heroes because that yes shaped my life journey. Senior year in college, I saw the premiere of "Stomp Out Loud" on HBO. When people ask what I want to do after college, I delight in telling them I want to make music with garbage cans for a living. After graduation, I made the journey to NYC for auditions...a marching band girl in a theatre world. Soon after, I'm celebrating with my mom, departing to tour the world and perform with the NYC Stomp Company for 10 years. Today, I work at a Children's Home with at risk teens as a Recreation Therapist, often teaching lessons on how to use drum battles and crashing cymbals to relieve anxiety. In the summer I travel across Louisiana to 80+ libraries as "Lady Chops" doing my one woman interactive drumming show called "Drum Roll Please." I introduce a variety of percussion instruments to kids of all ages and tell my story showing girls what they can do, showing boys what girls can do, and inspiring parents to say yes! I'm influenced by women playing instruments with bold voices like Brandi Carlile and HAIM and I would like to play drum set/percussion for a professional band in the future.