The game changing moment in my life happened on Sept. 1st of 2012. It was at the Uproar Festival where my best friend and I had front row seats to see our musical inspirations and favorite band Godsmack. During the song "Whatever", Sully Erna decides to bring fans up on stage with the band. Sully looks at my friend and I and tells the security guard to bring on stage. While we were on stage, I approach my drumming idol, Shannon Larkin, and from behind the drum set he handed me one of his signature Vic Firth American Classic® ROCK drumsticks. The drum stick he gave me is one of my most prized possessions.
My friend and I vowed to work hard with our music careers so that we can pull our fans on stage with us and give them their game changing moments like Sully and Shannon gave us.
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