My name is Lindsey. I play the drums.
I got my degree in Jazz Studies playing drums and mallet percussion at BYU-Idaho.
Since then, I played with several local bands in Arkansas, coaching high school percussion groups, and teaching private lessons.
When people hear me play, they almost always mention how good I am… for a girl.
I’ve had a pretty fun career as a professional musician. I got to play with a ton of great groups, including the JM Band who I was with for four years.
I spent about 50% of my time with them pregnant with either of my two kids. They’d tease me. The man the JM Band was named for, Jack Mitchell, was the drummer before I came along. When he found out I was pregnant with my first, he told a story: “I’ve never known a pregnant drummer before, but I’ve known several who’ve gotten women pregnant!”
I was easily 20 years younger than the youngest member of the band, but we played a lot of really fun gigs and backed some faces that might be familiar:
Les Lankhorst, the famous Frank Sinatra singer from “The Rat Pack Is Back”. You may have seen then in Vegas.
Also Kris Allen, the American Idol Season 8 winner.
I also had an incredible summer with the Solstice Trio with Emily Knight and Clay Vinyard. We played whatever we wanted to, however we wanted to. You can hear a clip of a live gig we played in Fayetteville, AR in 2009: https://myspace.com/soulsticetrio/music/songs
Another notable band I played with sometimes was the Rogers Jazz Society, being their favorite sub for their own busy drummer.
And several local rock and country bands, none of them exciting enough to have pictures with.
At every gig, no matter who I played with, I would be approached by members of the crowd and told how rare it is to see a female drummer. They’d almost always say that I’m really good, for a girl. I always wondered what that meant. It’s interesting how people would see my talents as a gimmick rather than a serious pursuit of music. And why not? It’s rare and interesting to see female drummers. As a musician, though, I’m really not interested in being classified in a different category than all the other drummers.
I think I’d rather be told, “you’re pretty good for a drummer”.
But if you like gimmicks, this drummer is about as female as they get: