Hi, I’m Janet Tambour, I’ve been a drummer for 47 years. At 7-ish attending a local art fair I heard a band covering Steppenwolf’s “Born To Be Wild” it was the coolest thing I’d ever heard. My mom always said, as a toddler, I used to pull the pots and pans out of the cupboard to play them on the kitchen floor.
Although I’ve taken lessons on and off, I would say I’m self taught. A disciple of Rock n’ Roll, I began playing on acoustic sets, now for the past twenty years on electric. Creating music with people makes me feel free and complete, playing to an audience is such a rush!
About five years ago, I decided to switch from traditional drumset setup to Open. Even with matched grip on traditional I still didn’t have the control on my left side I wanted. Now, after learning to play all over again I have gained better limb independence.
I first heard of this contest seven years ago at its inception, wanting to enter but didn’t feel I was good enough. This past year I’ve spent a lot of time seriously working on my independence issues. I feel I’ve progressed to a level I’ve never been at before. Win, lose or draw, I decided to take a chance and finally enter. I would like to congratulate all of the talented females in this competition, putting ourselves out there to show drumming is our house now!