Neilly McMahon

My name is Neilly McMahon, and I am 9 years old. I started playing the drums when I was 7. I take lessons at the School of Rock and have done performances with the school as well as extra projects with my teacher, Joe Meyer. When I was 8, I broke my thumb and couldn't play for a few months. It was really hard, but the school let me do vocal lessons so that I could still work with music. I still sing in addition to my drumming. This school year, I have been working on Tom Sawyer, which became an even more interesting project to me once I heard that Neil Peart had died in January. Last year, I played Cherry Bomb with my School of Rock "Women in Punk" band. My video is some footage my dad took on his phone when I played Cherry Bomb, and the second half is part of Tom Sawyer, played at home during quarantine. Playing the drums is a great way to release energy, especially on songs that I really like! My mom plays in a local rock cover band to raise money for cancer, they call their shows "Rock the Cure". I plan to play a song with them the next time they perform. My dad has cancer and is in treatment right now, so the cause is more special to me as a result. Thank you for watching and considering me for this contest!

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  1. Isabella Rothenbuhler on April 26, 2020 at 7:11 am

    That’s a heart warming story Neilly. So happy to see girls like you who really love music. Nail that Rush tune! and best wishes to you and your mother and father.

    Keep the passion and keep playing.


  2. giovannatakakibottai on April 26, 2020 at 9:49 am

    Very good Neilly!! Good luck in the Contest. 😷😊

  3. Martha Rowe on April 28, 2020 at 11:27 am

    Great playing, Neilly!! Good luck in the contest!! XO Mimi

  4. Debbie on April 28, 2020 at 11:30 am

    So cool, Neilly. You rocked it. Best of luck in the contest.

  5. kcannon on April 28, 2020 at 4:44 pm

    Impressive, Neilly; both your story and your playing. Keep rocking on.
    Karen Cannon

  6. Will Hogan on April 29, 2020 at 6:13 pm


  7. Uncle Worm on April 30, 2020 at 8:47 am

    Playing very well. And keep challenging yourself with the tough stuff. It will only make you better. I am waiting for the stick spins. LOL

  8. Pita on April 30, 2020 at 7:51 pm

    Keep it up! You remind me of your Aunt Barbara!

  9. seghoyt on May 2, 2020 at 7:56 am

    Loved your videos! Playing any Rush song on drums is very impressive!!!

  10. Dan Hooker on May 2, 2020 at 8:59 am

    Impressive Neilly! Loved it. Keep working hard

  11. Camila Hill on May 2, 2020 at 9:00 am

    You rock Neilly!

  12. lmsweeney on May 3, 2020 at 6:52 am

    Go Neilly! Awesome!

  13. eshamrock7 on May 7, 2020 at 12:55 pm

    Way to rock out, Neilly! You are awesome!

  14. petreepowell on May 7, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    I voted Miss Neily!!! I wish I could see you play live! You are awesome and I miss you❤️

  15. Tara Ketcham (Jack’s mom) on May 7, 2020 at 4:04 pm

    You were already a rock star to me Neilly I didn’t know you were ACTUALLY A ROCK STAR?!?!! How awesome! Keep up the great work!

  16. jimhjkj on May 12, 2020 at 10:51 am

    You suck

  17. Molly on May 14, 2020 at 10:41 am

    I am so proud of you Neilly! You are so awesome.

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