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  Hannah Ford Welton

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Friday, June 29, 2018 (This event repeats every year)

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Hannah Ford Welton

Hannah Welton, born Hannah Ford on June 29, 1990 in Louisville, Kentucky, is an American drummer, composer and clinician, currently playing drums for Prince and 3rd Eye Girl.

Hannah began playing the drums at age 7. Over the years she has studied with the likes of Diane Downs, Louie Bellson, Ruben Alvarez, Jerry Steinholtz, Ndugu Chancler, Peter Erskine, Stanton Moore, Danny Seraphine and Johnny Rabb.

Following high school, Hannah accepted a scholarship to attend the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University where she continued her studies with multiple Grammy winner, Paul Wertico. Hannah credits college with helping to expand her knowledge of music and allowing her to become a better, more versatile musician. At the same time she was playing in the school orchestral, percussion and Jazz ensembles, Hannah was also fortunate to work with major touring musicians like Ignacio Berroa, Wynton Marsalis, Butch Miles, Jeff Berlin and others.

Now, with college behind her, Hannah maintains a calendar full of live and studio sessions for top pro’s as well as her own projects, “Pandorum”, “The Hannah Ford Band”— “Bellevue Suite”— in addition she was cast as L.A. Colter in Whoopi Goldberg’s Musical “White Noise” during its Chicago run and most recently is the newest addition to Prince's New Power Generation Touring Band! Hannah has also become one of the most respected and in-demand clinicians on the scene.

Another expression of her love for the drums has been Hannah’s enthusiastic support for young drummers. Hannah spends much of her down-time reaching out to others at school assemblies with her “Peace, Love & Drums” multi-media show and giving back to students at drum clinics and summer music camps. This generosity as well as her many other accomplishments has caught the attention of the drum industry and led to sponsorships and endorsements from some of the biggest companies in the business, including Zildjian, Gretsch, Gibraltar, Toca, Vater, Shure, Kelly Concepts, Thunder Echo Drums and Evans.

“It used to be that telling someone they hit like a girl was a put-down,” says Hannah, “but after watching the way women like Karen Carpenter, Gina Schock, Sheila E and Cindy Blackman play the drums, I’ll take it as a compliment. After all, what’s better than playing kick-ass drums in a rock ‘n’ roll band, doing what you love… and getting paid for it?”

While it’s obvious that drums have been the twinkle in Hannah’s eye ever since she was that precocious, drum-struck little girl in the third grade, neither passion or success have ever blinded her. In fact, the talented, dedicated young woman has become a serious musician and positive role model whose love of drumming, along with her reputation, only continues to grow.

Hannah Ford listens to and enjoys a wide variety of music— jazz, rock, pop, country, R&B, Latin and metal, to name just a few. Her favorite drummers range from legends such as Buddy Rich, Louis Bellson, Tony Williams, Jo Jones, Art Blakey and John Bonham to contemporary players like Paul Wertico, Peter Erskine, Stanton Moore, Neil Peart, Steve Smith and Vinnie Colaiuta as well as newcomers Chad Smith, John Blackwell and Jason Bittner.

View Hannah Ford's 2011 Drum Clinic - Nashville, TN (1-hour video) video

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