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Hannah Ford isn’t the least bit embarrassed about admitting that she found true love at the tender age of seven. It happened the day she was introduced to the drums in her third grade music class. Since then she has pursued her passion with a passion— studying, practicing and performing like an Olympic athlete in training, piling up awards and accolades and taking on the responsibilities of a professional career while still a student of the art.
Hannah’s third-grade music class was the precursor of “Fabulous Leopard Percussionists of Louisville” and, as a member of the renowned group, the youngster had the privilege of working with some of the world’s greatest drummers and teachers, including Diane Downs, Louie Bellson, Ruben Alvarez, Jerry Steinholtz and Ndugu Chancler. After moving to Chicago when she was 12, Hannah took advantage of new opportunities to study and perform with mentors such as Paul Wertico, Peter Erskine, Stanton Moore, Danny Seraphine and Johnny Rabb.
Hannah accepted a scholarship to attend the Chicago College of Performing Arts at Roosevelt University. She credits college with helping to expand her knowledge of music and allowing her to become a better, more versatile musician. Her assessment must be accurate because, in addition to playing in the school orchestral, percussion and Jazz ensembles, Hannah maintains a calendar full of live and studio sessions for top pros as well as her own projects, “Pandorum” “Bellevue Suite” and “The Hannah Ford Band”. Hannah also manages to find time to do a bit of writing and teaching, herself.
This 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 Shu, Thunder Echo Drums and Evans.