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Drummer a Big Hit

Taylor Setterstrom, a senior at Somers High School, is in the running for a prestigious international drumming contest, the "Hit Like A Girl" competition. Click here to watch her entry video playing to Rush's challenging song, "Subdivisions." We asked Taylor a few questions about her experience as a musician.

Q. What instruments do you play, how long have you been playing, and how did you learn them?
A. I have been playing the drums since I was 13 and I taught myself guitar a year after----I would just look up tutorials for songs that I wanted to learn.

Q. Where do you play music?
A. I am currently the drummer for two bands. One is a band of first-year college students called "Crimson Crush." The other is a band of high school students from the Westchester area called "Puppets For Hire."

Q. What genre of music do you prefer?
A. I usually listen to and play rock and metal; however, I enjoy all sorts of genres! I also currently attend School of Rock Bedford and I play in their audition-based house band.

Q. How did you learn about the Hit Like a Girl competition?
A. I entered for the first time last year and my parents discovered the website. They though that it would be a great opportunity for me to showcase my skills.

Q. How have the music programs in Somers Schools supported your love of music?
A. Somers has been incredibly supportive of my musical path. I joined the symphonic band during my sophomore year, and I didn't regret it. I learned how to play new styles of music, read scores, and work with a full band. I also met some incredible people along the way who have also supported me. I owe it all to my band teacher, Mr. Reynolds.

Q. What is it like as a girl playing drums in what is often a male-dominated specialty?
A. I feel that despite playing an instrument that is mostly male dominated, I feel respected, and I don't think that being a female has been a disadvantage for me.

Q. What are your future plans?
A. I plan to continue my musical journey throughout college and major in the music field.

Q. What do you like to do besides play drums?
A. As I mentioned, I am also a self-taught guitarist, so I enjoy playing a lot of guitar as well, and I have had a few gig opportunities to play guitar. I also spend some of my free time exercising or getting together with a few friends.