(Salt Lake City, Utah / 12 years old)
Hi everyone! My name is MILANA and I love to play and create music. I started drumming when I was four years old. By age six, I joined my first rock band (with teenagers!) and haven't looked back since.
Now at age 12, I am living my dream! I recently won USA Champion <13 in the 2019 Hit Like A Girl International Drum Contest. Other awards include School of Rock "Rising Star" and Downbeat! Magazine's best youth rock/pop band.
Over the years, I've been very fortunate to perform with Grammy-Award winning artists, including: Sheila E., Gwen Stefani, Stewart Copeland (The Police), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), and members of Snarky Puppy, Dave Matthews Band, Michael Jackson's band, Tower of Power, Neon Trees, and more.
Other appearances include NBC's "Little Big Shots", ABC's "To Tell The Truth", Gwen Stefani music video, AT&T Commercial.
Performing all over the world is my #1 goal. I've had some incredible experiences so far, and one thing I have learned is... preparation is the KEY to opportunities! So I challenge myself every day to prepare for future opportunities, whether it's practicing improv, having solos ready, or learning/reading new styles.
But drumming's not all...I also love softball, sketching, and graphic design. Try many things until you find something you become passionate about - then don't give up! Keep at it and big things will happen :)