When I was a kid, I used to play the drums on the tile at our front door with a set of plastic chop sticks. The passion never subsided in me but the opportunities dwindled. In 2009 i deployed to Afghanistan but brought a pair of Vic Firths with me and practiced on my bunk in the tent. That experience pushed me to follow my dream of drumming....for ME! Not to be in a band or be rich and famous but for me. Im still at it, taking lessons once a week. Drumming is soothing and medicinal, after 22 years of active duty, I can now focus on my passion for the beat.
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