In 2016, I was diagnosed with breast cancer. After undergoing bilateral mastectomies with reconstruction, I decided it was time to check boxes off my bucket list and learning to play the drums was at the top. I made a call to John Gill, a professional drummer and instructor in my area, and told him I wanted to learn to play the drums at 49 years old. Proudly, my first lesson was January 22, 2018.
To this day, I have thoroughly enjoyed each and every lesson I’ve taken. I’ve embraced the challenges of learning, along with all the fun. I’m reminded of the three P’s… practice, perseverance and patience. I don’t play perfection but I play with my heart and I celebrate the smallest of victories.
All drummers are my hero’s. To learn and master this extraordinary instrument is a lifetime commitment. Whether you’re a new student or have been playing for years, the dedication and diligence it takes is truly remarkable. The drumming community is unbelievably supportive and welcoming and for that I am thankful.
I can’t possibly put into words what it means to me to sit at a drum kit, hold sticks and play music. The impact of learning to play the drums, along with music, has had a very powerful influence on me. Now more than ever, I know there isn’t anything I can’t do. I’m inspired, empowered and beyond grateful for my musical journey.