About 3 quarters of the way through my career as a drummer in the US Army Band program, it was decided that bands were as important on the battlefield as on the parade field. The game changed for me when I found myself leading a 10 Soldier/Musician showband on a convoy through Kandahar, Afghanistan on our way to entertain troops that otherwise would never get this one small taste of home. With half the group securing the perimeter and the other half setting up to perform popular rock 'n' roll, heavy metal, and funk covers all while wearing 80 pounds of body armor... And then finally seeing the reaction of our fellow Soldiers! Not only a game changer, but a life changing experience!
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