Rachel Barela

Wanted to play drums since 1993. Was not able to afford a drum set till later. Was influenced by Steve Gad, Lars Ulrich, Steve Smith, Ginger Baker, Buddy Rich, etc. In High school joined Marching and Jazz band. Was diagnosed blind in 1997; but has not let that stop the dream of drumming and learning to play drums. Has played in local bands in Arizona in the Thrash Metal, Grundge, Punk, Southern Rock, you name it styles to learn different techniques of playing. Was forced to stop for a few years due to having kids, one being special needs. Has since gotten back into playing and has an affiliation for Jazz and Funk.

The track I am playing is called "Hollywood Funk". It's a drumless track that I got from and was composed by Andre Forbes.

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United States




  1. hlag on March 15, 2021 at 9:45 pm

    Hi, Rachel. Thanks for entering! You sound great. Good luck!

  2. cfee on March 16, 2021 at 11:20 am

    what a path, very interesting, and these drums feelings , j’adore, i was dancing while watching. (sorry for my english, I m french), bravo to be here Rachel !!!
    USA ladies are in force, inside this category ^^

  3. Diand Hirakawa on March 17, 2021 at 6:56 pm

    Loved your pick up rolls and your rudiments added to fills. Great work on that jazz!

    • Rachel A Barela on March 19, 2021 at 12:31 am

      Thank you so much for watching and replying to my video.

    • Niri on March 19, 2021 at 4:46 am

      Wow Rachel you rock!!! I love it! Good luck 🙂

      • Rachel A Barela on March 21, 2021 at 2:47 pm

        Thank you Niri. 🙂

  4. richornelas on April 24, 2021 at 9:46 am

    2 IN THE CHEST loves her very much.

    • Rachel Barela on April 24, 2021 at 10:35 am

      Peace, Love and 2 in the chest!!!!

  5. michT on April 24, 2021 at 5:30 pm

    Yay I voted. Love you! -Michelle

  6. studmuffin on April 26, 2021 at 9:18 am

    You rocked it. Great technical piece. You should have the majority of votes in your class.

  7. futuhbro on April 29, 2021 at 10:29 am

    You have the groove

  8. Cherokeerain on April 30, 2021 at 7:13 pm

    One of the most bad ass drummers I’ve ever seen! Girl Power! love it !!!

    • richornelas on May 2, 2021 at 5:16 pm

      Amen to that

  9. ainjelemme on May 4, 2021 at 2:08 pm

    Despite all these challenges, here you are pushing on! I know it’s next to impossible to be a mom and do anything that requires the sheer amount of time, energy, and practice that drumming requires, so cheers to you for staying at it. Especially for never letting your blindness get in the way of your vision! Good luck, Rachel!

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