My name is Adnan. I am 31 years old and from Bosnia, Sarajevo. I started to play drums when I was 12 years old. I grew up during wartime in Sarajevo. I started to play drums for fun, but I had to make my first pair of sticks! During wartime in Sarajevo, there was no access to music stores or anything like that. I played with these homemade sticks about 2 years.
During war, every day is the same when you are a kid. Bombs and grenades terrorized my family and friends every day. Because of these conditions, I stayed in my basement and pratciced every day and night! I dreamed about drums, big bands, stages, lights and music... I knew that music was my love, but my reality was war. I was surrounded by killing, no power, no water etc.
A game-changing moment in my life occurred a few years later when I bought my first drumset and stared to play with a band. We played songs from Nirvana and that was cool for me. It was good to escape war. At one point we played a concert in sarajevo and when I saw my drums on stage I said to myself... "everything is possible!" Today, I play drums professionally and music is still my life :)
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