E-drummer vies for honours

Wednesday, 18 March 2020 12:52 pm

A 57-year-old e-drummer is among the entrants in the new Drumset 40+ category of the Hit Like a Girl Contest.

Vanessa Smith from Longwood, Florida,uses a Roland TD-9 kit for her entry, playing the Electro-Pop playalong from the Drumeo site “because it is such a positive and uplifting track and perfect for the electronic kit”.

Smith started playing drums in the school music program when she was 10. She chose drums even though her teachers wanted her to play clarinet.

“I was the only female drummer through most of Junior High and High School. I continued playing when I went away to college, subbing as an extra snare drum player in marching band, or in the percussion pit when needed,” she says.

Smith says like many people, she stopped in “adult life”, besides the occasional hit-out at church or work functions.”

I joined the Drumeo online lesson community last July and it has rekindled my love of the drum set. I love collaborating with other women all across the globe and it’s so much fun to see us encouraging each other on our learning journey,” she says.

Check out Smith’s entry here.