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Raychel Taylor

Raychel Taylor is an accomplished educator, performer, and arts entrepreneur in northern Illinois. Raychel is the founder of “Girls March,” an organization that advocates for women in the marching arts and offers summer music and leadership seminars where young female percussionists have direct access to some of the most influential women in the activity. She…
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Erin Barra

Erin Barra has been a key player in the creative process of many projects from conception to final master to stage performance. With a wide ranging skill set (educator, songwriter, producer, multi-instrumentalist, music technology consultant) she enables people to create content they’re personally invested in and execute their ideas. Specializing in music technology integration, she…
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Lola Blu

Lola Blu is best known for merging the worlds of contemporary art and music by bringing to life unconventional canvases that grace some of the most well known stages across the globe. Self taught artist and a drummer, Lola started her pop culture journey in the advertising world, followed by embracing the roles of creative…
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Paula Fairfield

Paula Fairfield is an International and Emmy award winning supervising sound editor and sound designer for tv, film, commercials, and basically anything that makes noise. She has eight Emmy nominations with one win for her work on Game of Thrones, along with multiple wins and nominations for her work in both The US and Canada.…
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Keylee Fletcher

Keylee Fletcher is an incredibly passionate social media marketer and musician, with a penchant for building social communities through lifestyle content. An avid drummer and drumming enthusiast, Keylee is currently a Social Media Strategist at D’Addario & Co., the world’s largest musical instrument accessories company. Prior to her role as Social Media Strategist, she served…
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Sarah Hagan

An avid drummer and former teacher, Sarah Hagan joined the artist relations department at Avedis Zildjian Company fifteen years ago, and has worked her way up to the position of Director of Artist Relations, Worldwide for Zildjian and Vic Firth. During this time, Hagan has personally selected cymbals for top drumming luminaries and has been…
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Samantha Maloney

Samantha Maloney is known as one of the most respected female drummers in the music business. Classically trained as a percussionist, she is an alum of New York City’s prestigious Performing Arts High School.  Samantha has played drums with Hole, Mötley Crüe, Eagles of Death Metal, Peaches, The Crystal Method, and Billy Ray Cyrus to name a few.…
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Anna Pulley

Anna Pulley is Associate Editor of Drum! magazine. She writes the weekly Woman Crush Wednesday (#WCW) on drummagazine.com.
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Julie Simmons

Julie Simmons started playing drums four years ago, but she’s better known for her unique feature writing style as a music journalist since 2002.  Simmons has written for the Chicago Tribune, DRUM! magazine, Paste, Reverb, Tom Tom and other national publications.  She’s also the founder of MusicMakesYouThink.com; a companion blog to the Facebook group designed for those…
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Emily Smith

Emily began playing the drums at age 10 in the elementary school band.  She continued to play throughout high school in various groups and even gained the nickname “Bongos” due to her impressive percussion skills.  Emily went on to study Sound Design at Emerson College, aspiring to become a music supervisor.  Her interest in music,…
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Juels Thomas

Juels Thomas has never lived in a house without a drumset. She thinks this is normal. Her father was a drummer and started teaching her to play at the age of five. From there, she went on to march snare all four years of high school, graduate with a BA in Professional Music Business from…
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Jordan West

Jordan West is a drummer, vocalist, and songwriter based in Los Angeles, CA. She works as a freelancer and studio musician in addition to being a Product Specialist for Roland Drums and Percussion (and a former Hit Like A Girl contestant). On drums, her roots lie in jazz and R&B, but West is comfortable in…
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