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!

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  1. Jennifer Towns on March 21, 2021 at 12:35 pm

    Amazing job!! Love this – well placed rolls and ghost notes in there really make it work!

  2. cfee on March 24, 2021 at 10:12 am

    Bravo Nancy, i appreciate read your presentation, you are very inspiring. bravo to be here. kind regards from France

    • WENDY Andrade on April 11, 2021 at 10:46 am

      Your time rhythm is spot on.. your life path is inspirational. Thank you so much for showcasing your amazing talent.

    • Nancy Kelly on April 17, 2021 at 6:29 am

      Thank you for your kind words!

  3. sheryl on April 6, 2021 at 3:00 pm

    Love! You’re cool, Nancy D Kelly! Served the song and drove it the whole time!

  4. KEKEÇ MORKOÇ on April 23, 2021 at 3:05 pm

    Merhaba Nancy, 2 yıl davul eğitimi aldım tam öğrenmiş iken Pandemi başladı ve bıraktım. Simdi yarisma icin buradayım. Burada olmaktan cok mutluyum.. Seni keyifle izledim. Harikasın ve gerçekten harikasin. Sevgiler….

  5. Liz Harrison on April 27, 2021 at 3:18 pm

    Love this Nancy! And love your story! Good luck 🤞🥁😃

  6. Dimitris on May 2, 2021 at 2:56 pm

    Thank you so much for sharing this great performance and your story. Truly inspiring!

  7. hikergirl on May 3, 2021 at 2:34 am

    Inspiring! Thank you for sharing!

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