My game-changing moment in my drumming career was back in Feb 1982. Drumming legend Louie Bellson played live with me and our high school jazz band. Louie and I had a drum battle that earned a standing ovation from a packed auditorium. Louie of course took me under his wing that night and that influenced me in my drumming skills and style to this very day. Today, Ironically, I use Vic Firth Buddy Rich drumsticks religiously. That memorable evening, I was playing my vintage Ludwig Double bass drumset. I will never forget it!!
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