As a lifelong drummer with a music education, I appreciate the opportunity to participate in the Hit Like A Girl contest. I started playing at 8 years old with the support of my parents and grew up playing snare drum recitals, high school bands, and finished my musical studies in college. My father made sure that all my extra energy was focused towards music and drumming. Whenever Buddy Rich was on television, I was called into the room to sit and watch. I recall always being placed to stand behind or side of live performances to watch the drummers.
Much of my musical career was in the 1990s playing with bands in venues up and down Toronto’s Queen St music scene. Although life, family and travel did take me away from it for a few years, I always had a practice pad and sticks in hand throughout my travels, to keep up my chops.
Those who spend time with me for a drink or dinner will notice that I constantly tap away, as drumming is in my blood, its therapeutic and it’s life!
Over the years my influences come from Jazz, Fusion, Blues, Progressive Rock, Blues and 1970s genres with Buddy Rich, Dave Weckl and Steve Gadd as the gold standard of playing.
Nowadays, I’m looking to realign my drum passion with a career in the industry. A play on triplets in odd time signatures, I’m honored to showcase my composition, “Oddly Trippin’ Stride”. Thank you for your consideration. Instagram @hazebdrummin