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Watch “The Godmother of Drumming” Showcase her Amazing Skills [Video]



  • With about 57 years of playing the drums in her belt, Dorothea Taylor has become known in the music scene as “the godmother of drumming.”
  • After playing the piano for six years, she decided to switch to the drums at 13 after playing in her hometown’s drum and bugle corps.
  • While people may mistake her for a sweet grandma who only goes for classical music, she continues to wow the music scene with her drumming skills.

Dorothea Taylor first picked up drumming when she was 13. She has since become known as “the godmother of drumming” — after about 57 years of playing the drums!

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After playing in the bugle corps in her hometown of Michigan, Dorothea decided to leave the piano, which she had played for six years, for the drums.

Dorothea told Drum Magazine, “Having a drum and bugle corps in my hometown for performances throughout the summers and also seeing Buddy Rich on television made my passion for drums even stronger.”

She joined different bands from then on. She performed five nights a week while giving private lessons on the side.

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Dorothea, who now lives in Myrtle Beach, North Carolina, believes “a real musician hears music and rhythms in his/her head 24 hours a day.”

She continues to practice playing each day. She even takes her practice pads with her everywhere!


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Dorothea has drummed for rock bands, orchestras, church and theater groups, and even school concerts.

She recalls how she’s initially treated at the music scene. Most people usually point her to the piano or ask if their music is too loud. That is, until she showcases her skills!

Dorothea said, “Drummers come in all ages, sizes, shapes, ethnicities… and regardless of how good you are, how old you are, we’re all still part of a drumming family. So remember: Don’t judge a drummer, or anybody, by their looks, and always, always, always keep sharing your drumming passion to the world.”

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Dorothea’s skills have earned her several fans.

She regularly shares secrets and free tutorials on Instagram and TikTok, with the hope that others discover their love for the drums.

Take a look at another video showcase of her drumming skills:


It just goes to show that you really can’t judge a book by its cover. Dorothea may look like a sweet grandma, and though she certainly is, she is definitely much more than that.

Share her story to inspire others to go for their passion and never stop learning.

Source: Inspire More