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Gabrielle O’Neill

My name is Gabrielle O’Neill and I’m 11 years old. I have been playing drums for 3 years. Here’s my story. In 3rd grade, a sheet came home from school asking kids to pick an instrument. I told my mom to check percussion, but I’m not sure she ever heard me. Surprised at being called for violin in school, instead of percussion, I asked if it was a mistake. When I got home from school, I told my mom I wanted the opportunity to try drums. After this debate, I got my wish.
From this moment on, I learned that words can persuade people. This tool, even if you are a kid, can change someone’s life. It did for me. I’m anxious and shy. Drums bring me relaxation, especially during Covid, while my parents worked in healthcare. In the future, I would like to advocate for other children. I think drums have taught me to believe in myself.
I picked my song because it is challenging. Bringing different kinds of music together, like the Jazz Police, reminds us that we must live peacefully together. We must think of equality for all, no matter race, gender or age. I hope one day I can play for many people and convince others to find their voice in music.
I am inspired by Cindy Blackman. She is super controlled but can play really quiet, really loud and fast and clean on every drum or cymbal she hits. Another hero, Mae Jemison, became an astronaut despite obstacles, states, “You have something important to contribute … you have to take the risk to contribute it.“

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  1. hlag on March 20, 2021 at 7:09 pm

    Gabby, welcome to Hit Like A Girl! We love your drumming… and your story! Thanks for sharing it. Good luck!

    • Gabrielle on March 21, 2021 at 8:09 am

      Thanks!

    • Heather on March 21, 2021 at 9:02 am

      Excellent! So talented at a young age! Love the choice of a challenging song played well.

      • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 2:15 pm

        thank you

      • Lauren Nelson on April 23, 2021 at 9:58 am

        Gabby, you are so talented! You go girl!
        -Love, your cousin Lauren

    • Nazia on March 23, 2021 at 11:01 am

      So talented,keep it up and gi higher

      Wish you well

      • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 2:18 pm

        thank you

        • pamelagentile on April 19, 2021 at 6:00 pm

          Amazing playing. You are so into it and your passion is contagious!!!! It is clear you truly have found your voice and I’m sure you will be able to achieve your goal of helping other children find their voice in music.

    • Ronit berdugo on March 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      Gabby, wow!
      You are such an inspiration to other girls- we are so proud of you. Keep practicing- I hope you start a girl band one day! Ask your Mom about the Go-Go’s!! ??

      • Cousin Kim Hughes on March 24, 2021 at 3:29 am

        I love this idea! Gabby, a girl band would be awesome! Way to go and keep playing and inspiring other girls!

      • Gabrielle on March 25, 2021 at 3:17 am

        thank you

    • Andrea churner on March 24, 2021 at 3:40 pm

      You are so good!!! I am happy you found that perfect instrument for yourself. Music is therapy. May you have more than just confidence in yourself now too- and the relaxation will bring more inspiration, peace, and joy to yourself and everyone who sees and hears you! Rock on!

      • Gabrielle on March 25, 2021 at 3:18 am

        thank you

    • Rodrigo on April 3, 2021 at 9:23 am

      very talented! Success and good vibes in everything.

    • Eugene.Gentile on April 19, 2021 at 5:24 pm

      You are very talented!!

  2. julia on March 21, 2021 at 8:45 am

    your drumming is awesome?

    -julia

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 2:18 pm

      thank you

  3. alissa on March 21, 2021 at 8:48 am

    awesome drumming! ?

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 2:19 pm

      thank you

  4. julia on March 21, 2021 at 8:50 am

    your drumming is awesome?

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 2:45 pm

      thank you

  5. Helen O’Neill on March 21, 2021 at 9:15 am

    Good job on your drumming , loved it!!
    Love,
    Mema

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:43 pm

      thank you

  6. Leon ONeill on March 21, 2021 at 9:16 am

    Pretty amazing for an 11 year old. I love the rhythm and song you chose. Can’t wait to hear you in person.

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:43 pm

      thank you

  7. Jennifer Leitzel on March 21, 2021 at 9:35 am

    So awesome, Gabby!!! Love it
    Aunt Jen ?

    • Wendy on March 21, 2021 at 1:55 pm

      The best drummer and great Song ?
      I’m your Fan #1 (:
      ???

      • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 2:23 pm

        thank you

      • Judy O'Neill on April 23, 2021 at 9:53 am

        Wow, Gabby!! You go, girl!!
        Aunt Judy

    • Daphne on March 23, 2021 at 9:39 am

      Amazing! You are very talented

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 2:19 pm

      thank you

  8. Jen Leitzel on March 21, 2021 at 9:36 am

    So awesome ??. Great job!!
    Aunt Jen

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 4:37 pm

      thank you

  9. (Uncle) Joel Brotman on March 21, 2021 at 9:38 am

    Great job, Gabby! Gordon Goodwin’s Big Phat Band is probably my favorite big jazz band playing today, and their drummer is one of the very best in the business. You are right with him, and that’s really amazing at your age. You are clearly “in love” with the music and your instrument. Keep up the good work, and it will bring you a lot of happiness and fulfillment.

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:44 pm

      thank you

  10. Jannat on March 21, 2021 at 10:28 am

    You are amazing gabby keep on drumming!!!

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 2:23 pm

      thank you

  11. Margie on March 21, 2021 at 12:10 pm

    Sounds amazing! What a talented girl. Bravo!

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:45 pm

      thank you

  12. Christian on March 21, 2021 at 1:58 pm

    Great drummer ?

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:45 pm

      thank you

  13. Ellen on March 21, 2021 at 2:02 pm

    Wow…impressive….way to go Gabby

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:45 pm

      thank you

  14. Elaine Zampini on March 21, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    Gabby, You are incredible!!! I am blown away by your amazing talent, skill, poise and beauty! My best wishes and support are there for you. You have achieved top honors by every possible means, demonstrated in your stellar performance!

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:46 pm

      thank you

  15. Amy Wargo on March 21, 2021 at 5:18 pm

    You go girl!! This is FANTASTIC! Love it!

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:46 pm

      thank you

  16. Nikol on March 21, 2021 at 7:15 pm

    awesome drumming! ??

    • Carolina Vera on March 22, 2021 at 4:09 am

      This is awesome! many blessings for you!!!!???

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:46 pm

      thank you

  17. Michaela on March 21, 2021 at 11:52 pm

    Amazing drumming!!! Love it ?

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:47 pm

      thank you

  18. Michaela on March 22, 2021 at 2:25 am

    Amazing drumming!!! Love it

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:47 pm

      thank you

  19. Vanessa Bernal on March 22, 2021 at 4:23 am

    Such an amazing job!! Way to go Gabby!

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:47 pm

      thank you

  20. Alicia Carsdale on March 22, 2021 at 5:02 am

    Really impressive, Gabby! You sound great!

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:48 pm

      thank you

  21. Marlene Brotman on March 22, 2021 at 5:05 am

    Absolutely fantastic Gabby; you are an amazing talent . Your drumming is just exceptional . Made me happy watching this video Bravo !

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:48 pm

      thank you

  22. Josh on March 22, 2021 at 7:17 am

    So great! Groove and time is spot on! Love the energy!! ✨✨

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:48 pm

      thank you

  23. drummerdanva on March 22, 2021 at 7:26 am

    Great drumming! You must be an old soul. The song sounded like a tv or movie theme song from the 70’s. Your time is very good and your fills were spot on and you accented the brass figures. Good luck in HLAG!

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:48 pm

      thank you

  24. Roy Kim on March 22, 2021 at 7:33 am

    Wow, great job Gabby! Very impressive!

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      thank you

  25. Marlene Brotman on March 22, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Absolutely fantastic performance Gabby you are an amazing talent Your drumming is exceptional and just makes me happy.and full of joy I am a very big fan !

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      thank you

  26. Dennis Brotman on March 22, 2021 at 8:05 am

    Gabby,
    You are an absolutely sparkling drummer. I love your rendition of Jazz Police.
    You’d fit right into their band.
    Your message about persuasion and determination is just as vital as your drumming.
    Your performance is enthralling.

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:49 pm

      thank you

  27. Mr. Rothschild on March 22, 2021 at 8:09 am

    You rock Gabby!!

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:50 pm

      thank you

  28. Jen Mabin on March 22, 2021 at 5:04 pm

    Amazing drumming! Keep hitting it like a Rock Star!
    Jen Mabin ( a friend of your Mom’s from school)

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:50 pm

      thank you

  29. Katelynn Brotz on March 22, 2021 at 5:43 pm

    Go Gabby! We are so incredibly proud of your hard work and talent. I love that you recognize the power of music and that you want to use it as a tool to help people find their voice and live in peace. You are so beautiful! Keep following your passions and dreams. Good luck, Gabby. We love you! ❤️

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:50 pm

      thank you

  30. Uncle Brian O’Neill on March 22, 2021 at 6:26 pm

    Super talented. I love watching you play. Keep it up. You’re doing great!

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:50 pm

      thank you

  31. Jc Uyeno on March 22, 2021 at 7:40 pm

    Great Song ?
    I’m your Fan #2
    Wendy grr xD

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:51 pm

      thank you

  32. Diego on March 22, 2021 at 7:46 pm

    Amazing drumming!!! great job

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:51 pm

      thank you

  33. Yostin on March 22, 2021 at 7:48 pm

    good topic! successes

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:51 pm

      thank you

  34. Lucero perez Calixtro on March 22, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Hermosa ?

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      thank you

  35. Patricia Luceri on March 22, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    Wow!!!! You are amazing! ?

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      thank you

  36. Krishna on March 23, 2021 at 2:13 am

    Amazing Drumming, Keep rocking Always . God bless you

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:52 pm

      thank you

  37. Gino V on March 23, 2021 at 5:44 am

    Great energy on the drums keep it up

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      thank you

  38. Dana Fraytak Troiano on March 23, 2021 at 7:50 am

    That was fantastic! You rock! Best of luck!
    Dana Fraytak Troiano (mom’s Hamilton friend)

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:53 pm

      thank you

  39. Dana Fraytak Troiano on March 23, 2021 at 7:52 am

    That was fantastic! You rock!!
    Keep up the good work! Best of luck!
    Dana Fraytak Troiano (mom’s Hamilton friend)

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:54 pm

      thank you

  40. Brett Dickstein (cousin) on March 23, 2021 at 9:04 am

    Wow! So impressed at how rad you are! You’re a star, and your outlook on life is very inspiring. Keep playing and share more songs. Love it! Cousin Brett

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:58 pm

      thank you

  41. Brett Dickstein on March 23, 2021 at 9:06 am

    Wow! So impressed at how rad you are! You’re a star, and your outlook on life is very inspiring. Keep playing and share more songs. Love it! Cousin Brett

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:58 pm

      thank you

  42. Frank Cusack on March 23, 2021 at 9:07 am

    Do it Gabby. This is awesome

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:59 pm

      thank you

  43. Karla Rodriguez on March 23, 2021 at 10:37 am

    You are such an inspirational talented girl!!! You’re amazing. I know you will get far and make people listen your voice through music!!!

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:59 pm

      thank you

  44. Kristina Fellin on March 23, 2021 at 11:23 am

    Gabby – You are a ROCK STAR!! Love it!

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 3:59 pm

      thank you

  45. Mr. Casey on March 23, 2021 at 11:31 am

    Great job! Keep jammin’

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 4:00 pm

      thank you

  46. Natalie on March 23, 2021 at 11:58 am

    Amazing job Gabby! So talented! You go girl!

    • Gabrielle on March 23, 2021 at 2:29 pm

      thank you

  47. Janet Gaudino on March 23, 2021 at 4:49 pm

    Congratulations Gabby! You are amazing!

    • Gabrielle on March 25, 2021 at 3:19 am

      thank you

  48. Tristan on March 24, 2021 at 12:38 am

    Wow, great play. When I was your age I played the drum for one year. Keep playing !

    • Gabrielle on March 25, 2021 at 3:19 am

      thank you

  49. Deb Palermini on March 24, 2021 at 6:04 am

    You are awesome! Keep reaching for the stars!

    • Gabrielle on March 25, 2021 at 3:21 am

      thank you

  50. Laurel on March 24, 2021 at 2:11 pm

    We’re so proud of you Gabby! You’re amazing and an inspiration!

    • Gabrielle on March 25, 2021 at 3:21 am

      thank you

  51. Maggie on March 24, 2021 at 4:36 pm

    aaaaaaaahhhhhhmaaaaazzzzzziiiinnnng!!!!! You are fantastic! It was such a pleasure watching you play!

    • Gabrielle on March 25, 2021 at 3:22 am

      thank you

  52. Isabella Rothenbuhler on March 26, 2021 at 5:37 am

    Go Gabby! I loved this. Drums help me relax too. It was a crazy year and drumming was a great distraction. Good luck !

    • Gabrielle on April 2, 2021 at 5:15 am

      Thank You!

  53. mwappel on April 19, 2021 at 9:26 am

    Outstanding performance
    You have my vote!

  54. Quazi on April 19, 2021 at 4:25 pm

    Keep up all the hard work!

  55. JoAnn Cecere on April 19, 2021 at 5:51 pm

    I find listening to music is therapeutic but I don’t have the skills to play it. You sure do!! Be proud of yourself and your talent. I hope it continues to play an important role in your life.

  56. Kathy Murtaugh on April 19, 2021 at 7:58 pm

    Gabby, Listening to and watching you work those drums and cymbals makes me so happy… seeing that Gabby-spirit shine! Keep up the fantastic playing!

  57. susanwelsh on April 20, 2021 at 7:49 am

    Gabrielle – You are amazing!!!

    • Kbyrne on April 20, 2021 at 4:29 pm

      Very talented young lady!

  58. lexkoch on April 21, 2021 at 10:19 am

    Keep up the great work!
    We love hearing you play!
    Next door friends!

  59. Scott Strunk on April 21, 2021 at 1:35 pm

    Gabby, You worked so hard on this! Great job!

  60. lpnelson on April 23, 2021 at 10:23 am

    Gabby <3 You are so very talented. Your story is inspiring. Your voice is powerful. Your playing is powerful. I am excited to see how you grow to inspire many. Love, Cousin Lauren xoxo

  61. Brad on April 23, 2021 at 10:26 am

    I AM DANCING listening to this STAR!!! Next trip to USA I will pay for a concert!

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