Episode 033 - Dorothea Taylor - The Matriarch of Percussion

Episode 33
1h 19m | May 17, 2021

Our guest today is Dorothea Taylor. She was born and raised in Michigan and started playing drums at 13 when she joined a drum and bugle corps in her hometown. She got her first set of drums in high school and joined a band after she graduated, playing five nights a week. She started teaching drumline for her high school’s feeder program when she was 17 and has been teaching ever since. She has played in a variety of bands including polka, rock, theater groups, symphony orchestras, jazz trios, and accompanies school concerts when an experienced drummer is needed. She’s formerly the drummer for a classical rock/new country band called Badlander, and is also the drummer for an All City Choir that has three big concerts a year. She has garnered a large audience on her YouTube page as well as her Instagram where she routinely posts warmup exercises that are simple and effective in teaching a skill or rudiment. Today we are going to be talking to her about her life, growing up as one of the only females in the percussion world, favorite rudiments, and more.


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