My father, a Jazz drummer at the time, dragged me to see Joe Morello at Fat Tuesdays in NYC back in mid 90's. At the time, I was a big fan of rock drummers like Neil Peart. After many failed attempts at getting me to appreciate Jazz, my father dragged me out to see Joe on a cold, snowing Thursday night. So we're both sitting there, about 30 minutes after the band was supposed to start playing, wondering if Joe would show. Just then, Joe walks in, winter coat on, snow all over him. He finds his way behind the drum kit, takes his jacket off and launches (cold) into the greatest two sets of drumming I have ever experienced to this day. Needless to say, a week later I was at my first drum lesson and wanting to be like Joe ever since!
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