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Janine Fox

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.

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33 Comments

  1. Allegra on March 12, 2021 at 10:50 pm

    Awesome Janine, I’ll be voting for you.

    • Janine C. Fox on March 13, 2021 at 5:34 am

      Thank you Allegra! I’ll be voting for you too!

  2. Elli Teague on March 13, 2021 at 8:44 am

    This is the best! it makes me emotional listening to it and seeing the emotion on your face too! just great. love lola xxx

    • Janine C. Fox on March 13, 2021 at 11:55 am

      Thank you so much Elli and Lola! XOXO

  3. cfee on March 14, 2021 at 12:21 am

    Bonjour Janine, Je suis contente de lire ton chemin et ta force, tu es inspirante. Hello Janine i send you mes best drums vibes & luck for this contest. your path and passion for drums is inspiring, as i never talk about my own health stuffs, i focus on life instants to embrace them intense. à bientôt and “hit like a super girl” !

    • Janine C. Fox on March 14, 2021 at 10:10 am

      Thank you so much and my very best wishes to you, always!

  4. rasila queen on March 14, 2021 at 6:21 am

    Love seeing the obvious joy you have with playing. I was about your age when I started and never looked back. Loved your comment about small victories, that is so true. it took me a long time to get comfortable and feel confident, but I perservered and it got better all the time.Good luck and I am proud of you entering this contest after only two years behind the pots and pans! Good luck!

    Queenie

    • Janine C. Fox on March 14, 2021 at 10:13 am

      Thank you so much for your kind words! It’s a true honor to be in the company of all of these amazing drummers. I loved your video! I play for the pure joy of it and with a wide open heart. Sending you my very best wishes!

  5. Karen on March 15, 2021 at 1:59 pm

    Janine, that was soooo groovy-awesome! I am so proud of you!!! ?

    • Janine C. Fox on March 16, 2021 at 5:12 pm

      Thank you KT for all your support. This has been so much fun and challenging! Don’t forget to start voting on 4/11!

    • Janine C. Fox on March 16, 2021 at 5:15 pm

      Thank you KT for all your love and support! XXOO

  6. SCOTT BRUYEA on March 16, 2021 at 6:37 am

    Congratulations Janine for taking on the drumming challenge. I am fortunate to be connected with you and I wish you only the best going forward. You are extraordinary!

    • Janine C. Fox on March 16, 2021 at 5:14 pm

      Thank you so much Scott. I appreciate your kind words. This has been so much fun and our drumming community is the best! You are a dear friend!

  7. Paul on March 16, 2021 at 7:11 am

    Awesome! I’ll be voting for you

    • Janine C. Fox on March 16, 2021 at 5:16 pm

      Thank you Paul! I appreciate all of your kind words!!

      • Tom on March 19, 2021 at 5:10 pm

        Outstanding performance. I’ve seen it live!! I think you’ve mountain’s from the first day you started bangin those ?

        • Janine C. Fox on March 20, 2021 at 5:27 am

          Thank you for all of your encouragement since day #1!

  8. John on March 19, 2021 at 1:40 am

    Congratulations Janine on participating in HLAG this year, great to see you in it. Love seeing you find your grove and looks like your loving every bit playing this song.
    Good luck and wishing you all the best.

    • Janine C. Fox on March 19, 2021 at 12:02 pm

      Thank you John! I’m having the best time learning to play the drums. Pure joy for me!

  9. marisax on March 22, 2021 at 10:13 am

    You are so inspiring Janine!!

  10. Janine C. Fox on March 22, 2021 at 3:34 pm

    Thank you so very much for your kind words!!

  11. Tanisha on April 11, 2021 at 1:01 pm

    All the best Janine ?

    • Peaches2010 on April 12, 2021 at 4:23 am

      All the best to you too Tanisha! Sending you a big, loving, hug!

  12. Dave Stark on April 11, 2021 at 3:07 pm

    It’s rare to meet someone who has the ability to bring so many together. Who does what’s she’s doing for all the right reasons. Who will find light in darkness. Thank you friend. May ALL of you who entered this find lifelong friendships.
    That matters far more than who wins.

  13. Peaches2010 on April 12, 2021 at 4:21 am

    Thank you so much, Dave, for your kind words and true inspiration! It is my utmost pleasure to be in the company of all these amazing young women and women! Together, we are all winners! We’re very fortunate to have incredible drum educators, like yourself, who help guide students through their musical journey. I thank you for being an extraordinary friend!

  14. Joanne Pionati on April 13, 2021 at 4:21 pm

    Voting for you Janine ??????

    • Peaches2010 on April 19, 2021 at 11:48 am

      Thanks so much Joanne! Xoxo

  15. Lourdes Lollipop on April 18, 2021 at 10:36 pm

    awesome Janine, you’re so inspiring. you play with your heart & you encourage other drummers, including the beginners & especially the female drummers, I’m proud of you.. i wish you healthy and happy..

    • Peaches2010 on April 19, 2021 at 11:49 am

      Thank you Lourdes! We’re so lucky to be a part of our extraordinary drumming community! Xx

  16. Jim on April 25, 2021 at 5:37 pm

    Go go go Janine!

    • Peaches2010 on April 26, 2021 at 4:24 am

      Thanks Jim!

  17. lets_play_andrey on April 28, 2021 at 12:42 am

    You’re brilliant Janine!!! I’m your fan ❤️

  18. Marina Gee on May 3, 2021 at 1:42 pm

    What a beautiful song, Janine, and you play it so well, with so much feeling.

    How do I cast my vote?

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