rasila queen

Hi everybody! I am a 72 year old drummer from Elmira, NY. I have been playing for about 20 years. I am mostly self taught, but I did take lessons off and on over the years. Now it is very easy and affordable to take online training. I especially like Drumeo for that. I also have learned a lot from the ladies at Drummergirls United, and Tammy has been a special inspiration to me. Other inspirations have been Karen Carpenter and Sam Ulano, the late jazz drummer. My goal was always to just have fun and be good enough to play with other musicians. I have been in a few bands and like going to jam sessions. I enjoy seeing what other women are doing in their corner of the world, which is why I chose me playing at a jam as my entry. I also have enjoyed meeting other drummers through this venue. Good luck to everyone!

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  1. drummerdanva on March 2, 2020 at 11:21 am

    Good song choice. Nice drumming. Not sure if the organ player is playing left hand bass or pedals. But I loved the overall sound.

  2. Sheila K on March 19, 2020 at 5:54 pm

    well done! love Moondance. You have a great touch on the skins 🙂

    • Rasila Queen on March 20, 2020 at 11:25 am

      Thank you Sheila K

  3. Lizzy Schmidt on March 24, 2020 at 11:14 am

    You sound good and look good, keep playing the drums!!

    • rasila queen on March 30, 2020 at 1:47 pm

      thank you Lizzy. This is an old video. Hope to do better next year. I will never stop playing. Will have to pry the drum sticks out if my cold dead hands. LOL

  4. Lea T. on April 2, 2020 at 4:33 pm

    Hey, Rasila! Good to see you submitted a video again this year. I always like seeing you play with such confidence and ease- well done! I haven’t been around Drumeo/WotE in a while since my surgery, but now that this contest extended the entry period, I’m going to try to get a video in. Thanks for the inspiration! Hope all is well with you:)

    • Rasila Queen on April 6, 2020 at 3:49 pm

      Good to hear from you, Lea. This is an old video, but was the best I could do this year. Looking forward to seeing yours

  5. Drummer Di on April 24, 2020 at 1:33 pm

    Hi My ‘seasoned” Drum Friend,
    We both had problems, as did many, with recording with our music friends during isolation. My home room wasn’t the best sound, and I forgot main components. But like you said, we do this for fun. You do have a great handle on the shuffle! Good feel! Whenever you have a minute, you might try a traditional grip on you left hand (which I was going to do with “Fool in the Rain” but didn’t pick up the correctly taped stick out of my pack. Keep drumming over there on the East Coast and I’ll keep drumming over here on the West Coast.
    From “seasoned” Drummer Di

  6. samanddan1 on April 27, 2020 at 1:30 am

    Really enjoyed that 😊

  7. dirtydogdavis on May 4, 2020 at 1:41 pm

    Amazing groove and style! Good luck and keep jamming 🙂

  8. Vera Figuereido on May 18, 2020 at 7:43 am

    Rasila, here in Brazil I produce a contest called Batuka! Brasil Drum Contest and the festival had candidates who participated 3 or 4 times until reaching the goal. Never give up. You have a potential. Congrats!

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