I began drumming at 50. I was always drawn to the drummer when watching a rock band perform, as that was where all the energy and excitement seemed to radiate. And even though the drummer is typically a guy, it still was a role I wanted to embody. I grew up loving Led Zeppelin and the powerful drumming of John Bonham. I was inspired by rock in general, loving such bands as Pink Floyd, The Beatles, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers and more, with my latest love - Greta Van Fleet. The decision to start learning a new instrument (I'd just played a little keyboard as a kid) was entered into with the respect for learning I have from being an educator. I'm all too aware of the emotional process it is to learn something for the first time, and yet starting this endeavor still humbled me beyond belief. The highlight of my drumming to date was performing a 6 song set at The Bitter End in NY with a unique and noteworthy organization, Music Makers NY, that joins together, supports and inspires musicians of all ages and skill levels. From first practicing on pots and pans at home, to my electronic drum kits and beyond, my journey continues. As I learn more, the realization of the infinite reservoir of skills, styles, techniques, theories etc. that is inherent to learning any instrument can be overwhelming and even discouraging. I had to come to a realization that that is ok, and what it really is about is each and every nugget of knowledge gleaned and step taken in that journey.