Nancy D Kelly
When I was a kid I found some knitting needles. I used them to learn how to play drums to my radio. At school I signed up to be in the band. The teacher told me there were enough drummers and I should learn the clarinet. Instead, I bought a drum set (no hi-hat and 1 cracked cymbal) when I was 14 with babysitting money. I played a lot of Rolling Stones and Motown until I heard John Bonham. My world changed. In high school I played in bands on the weekends at bars and school dances. I got a gig in a show band when I was 20 and toured the U.S. playing everything from jazz standards to Lynyrd Skynyrd. I then got a gig with a Top 40 band that played a gig in Montreal. There was a man standing behind me who looked familiar. He introduced himself as Rocco Prestia. I knew who he was! He sat down with the keyboardist and myself and suggested we start our own band. We took his advice, formed and all-girl band and were very successful in the 80's and 90's. I also taught drums at the local music store and loved working with kids. I didn't play in bands for many years until Drumeo came along. It is so much easier to learn with videos. (No record player skipping because the floor was shaking.) I have focused on refining my skills. I used to play so hard to prove myself. Now I try to be relaxed and use good techniques. Thank you for this opportunity!