My Drumming Journey

Beat Keepers feature

Some highlights of my drumming journey…

   Learning drums at the age of 13 saved my life.  I lost my mother at the age of 4 and as I reached my preteen years, repressed grief, depression and self esteem issues were all beginning to bubble up to the surface.

  Once I switched from saxophone to drumline in the 9th grade, I knew immediately I had found my calling.  I finally felt I fit in somewhere.  The process of learning drums and being able to measure my progress and growth was vital in gaining self confidence and healing the harsh emotions I had been faced with. 

  Playing drums is guaranteed to cheer me up when I am feeling down, and a reminder to myself that I am a survivor who can accomplish anything I put my mind to. 

Drumming has become such a huge part of who I am, and has been a dependable constant on my life’s journey. 

My Experience

I have been playing drums for 24 years, and starting learning drums in school band, where I played drums in numerous settings, including-

Marching Band, Drumline, Jazz Band, Concert Band, Orchestra

I played drums all though my high school and college education, with a focus on gaining proper technique and a deep understanding of music theory. I was also part of a traveling drumline, River City Groove, for 5 years. We preformed at parades and Sporting events throughout the Midwest.

However, the area I really shine as a drummer and have the most experience is being a rock drummer for touring and recording bands. I started my first punk band at 17, and since then I have always been involved in numerous projects at a time. I have played live with over 25 projects and am amazing at fill in and last minute gigs. My performance experience outside of school includes multiple punk and rock band, blues, metal, thrash, dance pop, and of course lots of rock n roll!

I grew up in Sioux City, IA and most of my early experience was playing local shows, and then branching out to tour around the Midwest. In 2009 I moved to Los Angeles, CA. This is where I started to tour the West Coast, and then full North American tours, Europe and Japan! I have also been a part of many recordings.

Photo by Pilgrim Imagery

Along with drumming, I preformed and recorded on guitar, bass, and sax! I am a well rounded musician with a deep understanding of rhythm and music theory. I am also honored to play drums for the solo project of one of my personal favorite drummers, Dale Crover (legendary drummer of Melvins, and also Nirvana and Altamont!)

My musical accomplishments of the last 10 years include…

Recordings –

3 EPs

*Dangerously Sleazy- Bad Things Just Happen  and Sleep Apnea

*ModPods- We Are So…

4 full length albums

Azteca Frame’s- Azteca Frame

ModPods- No Strut

**Also 2 yet to be released full lengths. Keep an eye out for ModPods “Ma’am” and Dale Crover band’s “Rat-a-tat-tat” in 2021.**

And a split 7 inch with Dale Crover Band!

Live Shows

On top of playing hundreds of shows in Los Angeles, I toured the country and the world!

Multiple West Coast and North America tours

Europe

Japan

I played live on the radio multiple times and filmed numerous music videos.

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Dangerously Sleazy Live on KXLU

I had the honor of  playing drums for one of my favorite drummer’s solo project, The Dale Crover Band, and  I got to tour opening for 2 legendary bands Melvins and Redd Kross!

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Drum! Magazine

I was included in DRUM! magazine.

Tom Tom Magazine

Interviewed on one of the best drumming podcasts around The Trap Set.

I was featured in a documentary on female drummers Beatkeepers.

I started seriously giving drum lessons and get so excited to see how far my students have come and grown in their drumming. I am blessed to have each one of them and look forward to gaining more students.  I love teaching drums!