My story begins in my 7th grade band room way back in the olden days when girls were encouraged to play the more graceful instruments - in my case, the flute. Don't get me wrong - I love that instrument and wish I would have continued my daily practice, but oh those drums on the riser in the back of the room. Needless to say, I never got the chance to try them out, but I persevered and eventually bought my first set in my senior year of college. It was a dumpy little kit discarded by a friend's brother. The little black starter kit saw me through my first couple of indy bands, and eventually I gained the confidence to invest in myself and my gear. I am now 52 and will never regret my college investment. Post college experimentation led me to Chicago, where I studied with fabulous jazz drummers, played, toured, and recorded with a variety of creative bands, and explored musics from around the world. In my 40's I worked as a rhythm circle facilitator and loved leading groups in the experience of community music making. Today, I run my own non-music related business, but always make time to incorporate music and drumming into my life.