The year was 1997 and Mike Terrana has reached a fork in the road. He was either going to throw in the towel and get a "real job" or he was going to take a huge change and move to Europe. Luckily, he chose NOT to throw in the towel and instead moved to Europe -- kicking of a HUGE part of his drumming career that is still rolling along to this day!
Mike Terrana gets called to do a drum clinic with Steve Smith. A long time admirer of Steve's playing, Mike leaps at the opportunity, later describing it as "the most fun I've ever had playing the drums"!
Mike Terrana sees Terry Bozzio play live with Missing Persons and it literally changes his life. Terry's musical and technical approach to the drums became a huge influence on Mike's development as a drummer!
In celebration of Vic Firth Company's 50th anniversary, we've spent an entire year celebrating Game-Changing Moments in drumming -- including yours! To everyone who shared a story with us this year, thank you! Drumming is a shared experience and we are all brothers and sisters! Your stories have inspired us to continue making the best sticks possible and to continue changing the game for drummers everywhere.
We received thousands of amazing stories this year. Although it was difficult to choose only one story, we're happy to announce that Joe Russomano is our grand prize winner in the Game-Changing Moments contest!Read Joe's Story