My game-changing moment was when I first heard Steve Vai's Passion & Warfare. Up until that point I had really only heard what was on the radio. Once I heard that album, I realized the possibilities music offered, and I began to dive into all types of different styles and genres. That led me to play drums in my university's jazz band, then get a gig with a big band in Chicago. I haven't stopped playing since, always playing in at least 1 or 2 bands at a time. Drumming is part of me, and I'll always have that no matter what else happens in 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