At some point in your drumming career you get the idea in your head that percussion is only about practicing. Too often drumming becomes all about putting hours in on the pad, but at some point you have to step back, enjoy the work you've put in, and perform. I didn't figure this out until I stepped out of the tunnel for the first time with the Notre Dame Drumline, and all the practicing in the world couldn't have prepared me for the experience. My jaw dropped as I marched onto the field, and it'd be an over estimate to say I played half the show the way I practiced it. Drumming is truly about performing, so now when I practice I see myself out on that field performing a show for an audience. It's this change that allowed me to be the performer I am today, and as I marched on the field at the BCS national championship this year I played a great show because I had effectively changed the way I practice. Practicing isn't an ends in itself, but a means to perform to your highest ability.
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