Lilo Mason – Zollfrank

My name is Lilo Mason-Zollfrank. I'm almost fifteen, and have been drumming for over four years. I started taking drumset lessons at the Wild Hare Drum School when I was ten, and started learning how to play percussion when I was in eighth grade, including bells, timpani, etcetera.

When I was thirteen, my teacher abruptly left the music school, and I found myself without a drumset teacher. A short while later, I was unexpectedly diagnosed with JIA (Juvenile Arthritis) in my hands. I was not sure whether I would be able to continue drumming or not, but was determined to try. The diagnosis was a wake-up call for me, and I learned that you never really know how long you will be able to do anything, and that if you can do something, you should take advantage of that. The disease has not gone away, but I am even more determined than ever to keep playing and practicing, harder and even more than before. One of my personal mottos is "Be who you want to be now, grow up later."

In terms of inspiration, I have always enjoyed listening to Daniel Platzman's work as part of the band Imagine Dragons as well as the fills from Tré Cool of Green Day. I hope to be an alternative rock drummer myself one day. My Percussion teacher at Squalicum has also been an inspiring role model for me.

Lastly, adversity has also played a large part in my inspiration. The other day, I was reading an article about the best drummers in the world, and of the fifty on the list, none were female. Upon finishing the article, I promptly grabbed my sticks and ran downstairs to practice, determined to change that and be a part of the female drummer revolution. My JIA has had a similar impact on my attitude about drumming: the world can do anything, I will still play!

This year, I began my freshman year of high school and joined the Squalicum High School Drumline, where I play cymbals and varied percussion instruments with double the enthusiasm I had last year. I am learning how to play all sorts of fascinating percussion instruments, and have even begun to do a little composing. I look forward to learning even more about percussion and expanding my drumset skills in the future, and am eagerly awaiting an audition for higher instruments in the Drumline at the end of the school year!

Additional Information

Country: United-States



29 responses to “Lilo Mason – Zollfrank”

  1. Alina Z says:

    Musik fürs Leben! Hau weiter und viel Spass dabei, meine Süsse!

  2. Katrin Field says:

    Pretty awesome, Lilo. You go girl!

  3. John Combel says:

    You rock! Great job Lilo!

  4. Liz Jefferys says:

    Lilo – you’re awesome! The world needs drummers like you. Rock on!

  5. Melodee Campbell says:

    Go Lilo!!!!!!

  6. Anne Ramsey says:

    Nicely done! You rock! 🙂

  7. Amanda Richeson says:

    That is amazing! Well done, Lilo, drum on!

  8. Christine Griffin says:

    Awesome, your determination will serve you well. Kudos to you Lilo!

  9. Koelle says:

    You are already a winner, Lilo! Still, I am wishing you all that you are wishing for. Good luck!

  10. Scott Chesnut says:

    Your drumming is fantastic! I have no doubt that you will make it high up on the list. You can do anything you set your sights on.

  11. Christy says:

    Go girl!!

  12. Ilka says:

    Weiter so, meine liebe Lilo! Du machst das toll!

  13. Good luck in the contest !! Great job Lilo Mason 👊🥁

  14. Elizabeth says:

    So impressive Lilo! So gifted! I absolutely agree.. be here now… do it now! You are and will always be an inspiration to others. ♥️🙌🏻💥💥💥🙌🏻♥️

  15. Inkie330 says:

    Lilo, you are amazing! You have grown so much in the years since I last saw you, but you are still whip-smart and tenacious. Big hugs to you and best of luck!

  16. Jeanne Hargrove says:

    You are fantastic. You may very well be the first female drummer to join the list of “best 50”

  17. Sandy says:

    Fabulous, Lilo!! You are amazing!! I enjoyed watching you play!!

  18. CaWaGrandma says:

    My Lilo performing gives me so much joy.
    Lilo , you are an inspiration; your determination and positive attitude gives life a new meaning. Love you so much Lilo.

    Im encouraging all my friends to vote for her.

    From some of Abuelita’s friends:
    1) Jeanne Hargrove – Absolutely. Go LILO 👍👍👍
    2) Rosemary Martinez – Yes 👍👍👍
    3) Terry Sanchez – Good girl May God be wih you always.👧,
    4) Yvonne Foy – 👍👍👍

  19. Carol Garcia says:

    You’re an inspiration for others. God bless you.

  20. Sunny says:

    Wow! I enjoyed watching your performance. And I like your determination and your enthusiasm about drumming.

  21. christine says:

    your story is inspiring Lilo, you will go far in life with the determination you have. keep pursuing your goal and I am cheering for you.

  22. scarr says:

    Lilo, I am so impressed with your skill and determination. Your passion for playing is inspiring, and I love seeing your face light up when you share the amazing things you’re doing. Congratulations on making this video! Way to go!

  23. Renee says:

    Rock on, Lilo! You got this! I love Imagine Dragons! My daughter is a drummer! You are an amazing person and know how to rock like a girl!

  24. reneejax says:

    Way to go, Lilo!
    I love your rocking style! Stay strong and rock on. Imagine Dragons is a favorite of mine!

  25. btj0nes says:

    Very impressive Lilo! You’ve got music in your soul. Your determination and perseverance are a total inspiration.

  26. nniese0 says:

    Lilo – you are amazing!

  27. Ed Deboo says:

    NIce job Lilo! Keep at it, practice according to your aspirations!

  28. Ilka says:

    Wir gucken uns das Video täglich an, so geil!

  29. Instant-Pot Lady says:

    We’ve not met, Lilo, yet you have given me a nickname… and it made me laugh when your mom told me! 🙂

    I want you to know you utterly inspire me! Your determination and compassion are traits the whole world would do well to emulate! Keep rocking!

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