Sheila Klotz

My drumming experience started at 10-years old, with a local majorette & drum corps. I played rudimental snare and got pretty good at it. Once I got to college, I learned all the other percussion instruments. I got good, but not nearly as well as I could play rudimental...but I did discover that I loved the drumset. I got a job in a military band, playing ceremonies and concerts for about 30-years. I retired from the National Guard about 4-years ago (but I don't get the retirement pay until I'm 60 - almost there tho!). Although I love playing drumset, I never had the time needed to become really great. So after I retired from the Guard, I realized that I finally have the time to practice hard on my 20+ year old set! Once I saw this year's contest dates, I saved my pennies to pay for a really nice recording studio - to have something my kids would keep & share with their family down the road. I had extra time in the studio, & was asked, "Anything else you want to get on tape?" Maybe I can add 1 more. He said "Let's do it". And I was able to get a 2nd song recorded. My son took the videos on my phone and I did my best to line up video & audio in iMovie. I hope combining the 2-songs is permitted.

Thank you for the incredible platform for girl drummers - OF ALL AGES!

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  1. Teresa Downs on March 17, 2020 at 7:41 pm

    Wow…Wow…wow!!!

    You do women/ ladies proud.

    • Nancy (Dunlap) Barnett on March 18, 2020 at 7:17 am

      Captivating! My feet couldn’t stop tapping. You’re awesome. Thanks for sharing!

      • Sheila K on March 18, 2020 at 5:35 pm

        thank you!!! miss you gal

    • Sheila K on March 18, 2020 at 5:36 pm

      ty – trying to keep up with all the other great Girl drummers out in the world

  2. Mary ‘beth Shelton on March 18, 2020 at 6:05 am

    Wow! This lady is CRAZY talented! Way to show the world that anyone can do anything!

    • Sheila K on March 18, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      thank you to my really great fan & fam

  3. Kary Brewer on March 18, 2020 at 6:09 am

    Yay!!! Awesome!

    • Sheila K on March 18, 2020 at 5:40 pm

      thank you sweetie 😇

  4. Lexi on March 18, 2020 at 6:10 am

    Amazing! Great example of a strong female drummer.

    • Sheila K on March 18, 2020 at 5:37 pm

      thank you sweetie. 😍 you should get some drums & hit those things

  5. Lisa Shelton on March 18, 2020 at 6:30 am

    Wonderfully done!!!!!!!

    • Sheila K on March 18, 2020 at 5:38 pm

      i told you I was working on something last fall. thank you!😇

  6. Grace on March 18, 2020 at 6:35 am

    Such amazing and God given talent right there!!

    • Sheila K on March 18, 2020 at 5:38 pm

      amen & thank you so much

  7. Pat paukovits on March 18, 2020 at 7:08 am

    Always loved watching you and play!

    • Sheila K on March 18, 2020 at 5:39 pm

      thank you – I just wish I didn’t look so serious 😳

  8. Felicia Snider on March 18, 2020 at 10:34 am

    Holy frijoles! Fantastic!

    • Sheila K on March 18, 2020 at 5:39 pm

      thank you so much 😍 it’s an addiction ‼️

  9. giovannatakakibottai on March 18, 2020 at 1:08 pm

    Perfect drumming Sheila!! Good luck in the contest. 😊

  10. vanessalsmith on March 18, 2020 at 2:30 pm

    Excellent! Good luck in the contest!

    • Sheila K on March 19, 2020 at 5:50 pm

      thank you sweetie – same you to as well!!!

  11. Sheila Klotz on March 18, 2020 at 5:32 pm

    thank you everyone! love the workout playing drums provide – just go give it a try, never too late… start NOW !!!

  12. Rasila Queen on March 19, 2020 at 9:51 am

    Love the videos that grab me right from the start and yours surely did!

    Good luck,
    Queenie

    • Sheila K on March 19, 2020 at 5:49 pm

      wow – i didn’t think to do that on purpose! just tried to make the video within the time-frame. but thank yo so much.

      • rasila queen on March 30, 2020 at 1:42 pm

        congrats on winning

  13. drummerdanva on March 19, 2020 at 3:38 pm

    Great solid drumming! I spent the first 6.5 years of my Air Force career playing drums and percussion in 2 bands. You get a lot of good experience playing the wide variety of music in the military.

  14. Sheila K on March 19, 2020 at 5:49 pm

    thank you sweetie!

  15. Deb Wilt on March 21, 2020 at 7:08 pm

    Sheila…That was SOLID 🙂
    Best wishes in this contest, you’ve always been one of my (female) percussion heroes! God bless!!

    • Sheila Klotz on March 23, 2020 at 7:30 pm

      thank you Deb. Its good to be back on the kit and having the time to really work on it. take care lady!

  16. Lizzy Schmidt on March 23, 2020 at 11:48 am

    You sound great, best luck! 🍀

    • Sheila Klotz on March 23, 2020 at 7:31 pm

      thank you Lizzy! its good to have time to dig in on the kit….finally!!

  17. Dana on March 24, 2020 at 11:43 am

    I am almost speechless!! Crazy good right there!!

    • Sheila Klotz on March 24, 2020 at 6:15 pm

      thank you so much dana. It feels good finally have the time to practice 🙂 now we have even more time, right?

  18. pammy jean on March 26, 2020 at 3:52 pm

    and just like that!! BAM!! nailed it. great job!!

    • Sheila Klotz on March 28, 2020 at 4:03 pm

      I really appreciate those positive sentiments, Pammy. I see so many muff ups….even where I was completely lost!!! But I am grateful for the wonderful, hard work & journey. play on!

  19. vanessalsmith on March 30, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    Congratulations on your Week 3 win Sheila!

    • Sheila Klotz on April 1, 2020 at 6:18 pm

      thank you so much. this is such an honor & love your drumming!

  20. Lizzy Schmidt on March 31, 2020 at 6:47 am

    Congratulations on week 3, great job!!!

    • Sheila Klotz on April 1, 2020 at 6:18 pm

      thank you so much! we just keep on drumming right!!

  21. Anna V on April 5, 2020 at 3:10 pm

    Congratulations!!

  22. Sheila Klotz on April 6, 2020 at 1:24 pm

    thank you sweetie ! Feels good to really dig in on the kit

  23. Sandy Thatcher on April 18, 2020 at 4:05 pm

    You certainly have to be the winner of this age category hands down (unless there are some entries still to come) because there is no one else close to your level of talent in this group, and you’d be competitive in the other categories also. Very impressive performance, and I’m glad you could get two songs included.

    • Sheila Klotz on April 26, 2020 at 6:52 pm

      Thank you Sandy! The 2nd song was not intended. But I had left over time in the studio so I took advantage of it. Really appreciate your kind words.

  24. Lea T. on April 25, 2020 at 6:43 pm

    Congrats on the weekly win, Sheila! That was a fantastic performance . . . so skilled, which speaks volumes to having a strong foundation in drum corps! The snare work really stood out to me! I got a late start on the drums, so I can only dream of playing like that! Thanks for the inspiration to practice my rudiments more often haha!! All the best in the contest:)

  25. Sheila Klotz on April 26, 2020 at 6:57 pm

    Thank you, Lea. I have to agree a rudimental background helps & it’s fun figuring out how to disperse them around the kit. So YES keep working on them and putting them about here & there….snare, toms, HH, cyms, kick, etc.. They don’t need to be fast – you’ll hear right away what drum and hand combinations sound good! KEEP DRUMMING BABY!

  26. samanddan1 on April 27, 2020 at 1:09 am

    Wow!

    • Sheila Klotz on May 7, 2020 at 8:31 pm

      thank ou – tons for work & grateful to get something out there. Blessings!

  27. Sherrie Lanell on April 27, 2020 at 9:42 pm

    Exactly, WOW!!! Ah-mazing! ❤❤❤

    • Sheila Klotz on May 7, 2020 at 8:30 pm

      thank you sweetie!

  28. Chellfire on April 28, 2020 at 12:49 pm

    Excellent!! 🤘

    • Sheila Klotz on May 7, 2020 at 8:29 pm

      thank you so much. I hope you’re doing well in these strange times…

  29. Fopartsman352 on April 28, 2020 at 2:27 pm

    I’ve known Sheila since I think around 1976 or so , when she was beating on coffee cans and plastic buckets ! Always have been so talented and amazing of what she can do with a set of drums . I think she pounded so brains in my head with her drum sticks back in the days . A Inspiring woman that not only women can look up to but also gentlemen also . Proud to call her my all time friend even though I haven’t seen her in years but she knows how proud she made her family and school mates like myself. Love you lady and that will never change. I have no doubt that she can win this competition!

    • Sheila K on April 29, 2020 at 5:45 pm

      thank you Fopartsman….I can’t imagine who this is but thank you!

  30. gr8ful4him on April 28, 2020 at 2:28 pm

    Phenomenal job Sheila 👏

    • Sheila K on April 29, 2020 at 5:43 pm

      thank you and I love your username! Crafty!!!😇

  31. Patti buckley on April 28, 2020 at 2:41 pm

    AWESOME! Good luck!

    • Sheila Klotz on May 7, 2020 at 8:28 pm

      thank you Patti – Anna and I are STILL planning our trip to there! praying for it to happen this summer, cousin-in-law 😇

  32. Bridget Sasso on April 28, 2020 at 8:23 pm

    Fabulous!

    • Sheila Klotz on May 7, 2020 at 8:25 pm

      thank you, cuz 😎 I hope you are making it in this crazy time sweetie

  33. SPC-Gail on May 1, 2020 at 7:15 am

    Sheila Klotz, WOW and WOW!!! SUPER JOB!!! Loved the 2 against 3 rhythm near the end – at least that’s what my piano teacher called it! I posted this on FaceBook – so proud to share that you are such a talent, but especially that you are my friend!!! Love you, girl!!!

    • Sheila Klotz on May 4, 2020 at 7:57 am

      thank you!! Great catch on the timing and thank you for sharing!!!

  34. LDGentry on May 2, 2020 at 10:53 am

    Still love to hear you drum girl. Miss those pom pom days 😉. You sound awesome! Glad you’ve had a great career doing what you love.

  35. Sheila Klotz on May 4, 2020 at 7:59 am

    I miss those days too. What a blast – thank you so much & I do feel blessed to STILL be playing drums (although now on the actual drumset, not marching)

  36. fopartsman352 on May 4, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    You know me well !! Guess again my dear !! Lol

    • Sheila Klotz on May 7, 2020 at 8:24 pm

      OK – Jimmy the Sax man…???

  37. CousinS on May 5, 2020 at 5:52 am

    The best!!!

    • Sheila Klotz on May 7, 2020 at 8:26 pm

      thank you cuz! love ya 😍

  38. Vera Figuereido on May 18, 2020 at 9:58 am

    What a sound! I really liked that you went into a studio to record. It was a concern of yours that makes a lot of difference. Your 30 years playing in a military band, ceremonies and concerts show for us yours skills and experience. I loved it! Good luck Sheila!

  39. LuluRock on May 30, 2020 at 5:58 pm

    Congratulations !!!!!!

  40. Anna V on May 31, 2020 at 10:00 am

    Congratulations!!!

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