My game-changing moment was when I met my drumming hero Matt Greiner, drummer of August Burns Red. I went to see ABR in Glasgow and saw him walking down the street and immediately requested a photo with him. Following this was the gig itself and watching The Devil Wears Prada support leading up to August performing and seeing how amazing everyone was was a complete game-changer. Because of seeing this, showing me the standard to be one of the best up front and live inspired me to really challenge myself as a drummer, improve my technique after previously being very lazy about it. after the show, a drummer would normally leave, go cool etc but not Matt. He stayed behind to talk to everyone, literally steaming as he was sweating so much. He gave me a stick and it was the best night of my life. I owe my music taste and my drumming ability to August Burns Red.
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