My game changing moment happened at the ripe age of 7. As a little girl at the time, it was my first big performance up on stage to a packed house at the evening recital of my music school. My 10-year-old guitarist brother and I were invited as a duo to perform among the classical numbers and jazz standards... and we decided to perform Black Sabbath's "Iron Man." Although video evidence proves that you could barely see me on the kit behind the cymbals, the sheer feeling of performing combined with the positive feedback I received after the show made my future clear: I would put my whole heart and soul into being a drummer for life; I never wanted to give up that feeling.
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