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!