Tony Braunagel traveled to Iran to play with a Persian folk singer. While there, he got a chance to hear some local music. It changed his whole outlook on playing percussion! Reflecting on the experience, Tony recalls how he felt immediately after returning from his trip, "My ears heard things differently. I heard rhythms differently".
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