When I was 5 years old, my mother took us to watch my father play for the first time. Now, my father was a hard working, blue collar man, but to watch those beat up, callus filled hands turn to silk, and play all those intricate jazz notes was all it took. That point on, I knew I wanted him to teach me those tricks. I still think about that night at the smoke filled club, and watching in amazement as my father's hands whipped around playing those Slingerlands like a octopus - I get goose bumps to this day.
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