Best Female Drummers

Only the Best Female Drummers, the most talented among all the women that play the drums!

In this section of Zero to Drum you will find the BIO of all the Best Female Drummers, curated by the team of Zero to Drum All about Drums and Drumming.

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Dee Plakas Feature

Dee Plakas, The Chicago punk scene Goddess Of Thunder

Anyone who has played in the L7 understands the complete-badass character that is Dee Plakas. When she holds her instrument, it does not matter the piece she is working on; everything falls in place as though she has planned it for a long time. Dee Plakas is the force behind the band mix of musical

Jody Linscott Feature

Jody Linscott The Magnificent Percussionist and Producer

What comes to your mind when you hear about the greatest drummer? For Jody Linscott, it should be strength, innovation, and high-intelligence time keeping skills. She was born in the USA but relocated to England, where she practiced her skills and grew into one of the famous figures everyone is talking about today. She returned

Dottie Dodgion Feature

Dottie Dodgion, The Female Innovator of Jazz Drumming

Dottie Dodgion is more than just a drummer. She is an innovator who understands the different needs of her fans and the music industry as large. For this reason, she has always come up with different styles of performing jazz that leaves her fans begging for more.  Even though her work is mostly lost to

Gina Schock Feature

Gina Schock “Backbone” Of The Go-Go’s

Gina Schock is an American drummer best known for her work with the all-women band, The Go-Go’s. She is one of the best female drummers rock industry has ever produced. Talk about the beat, and Gina Schock has got it. At The Go-Go’s first appearance, it was already obvious there was no other female drummer

Karen Carpenter Feature

Karen Carpenter, a Diva on the Drum and The Mic

Perhaps Karen Carpenters’ story is one of the most tragic stories you can read about. She was an American singer and drummer who was a member of the legendary duo, the Carpenters with her brother Richard. Even though she was particularly known for her contralto vocals, she did fantastic work behind the throne. Karen Carpenter

Patty Schemel Featured

Patty Schemel, primal punk marched with some sophistication

Patty Schemel, just like any other member, fully out the beauty and impression that was Hole. Like many of her peers, she suffered from addiction, but the primal punk marched with some sophistication that marked her drumming style never disappointed. Patty Schemel has a certain way of approaching drums that made every listener feel like

Janet Weiss Feature

Janet Weiss, not just A Great Female Drummer, but an inventor as well

Very few post-punk drummers have combined power with the invention, and Janet Weiss is one of them. She has proven beyond doubt one also needs to master a blend of solid groove with a sense of songcraft. In simple terms, she is not just a drummer, but an inventor as well. Hence, she has closed

Sandy West Feature

Sandy West pulls her audience into the action

It takes more than talent to become one of the best drummers, especially for women. And Sandy West is the true evidence to this truth. She grew up knowing just to drum, and that gave her the energy to continue doing what she loved doing the best. “Every time Sandy is behind the throne, you

Debbi Peterson Feature

Debbi Peterson, a killer Garage Drummer

No killer garage band does not have a killer drummer. They can do without any other team member, but a drummer always has to be at the center of it all. And that is how The Bangles can be described in the formative days. The bands were regular covers of The Seeds and The Yardbirds

Meg White Feature

Meg White, the most iconic female drummer of all time

Think about all the greatest drummers in the world today; they all had someone to hold their hand while beginning their careers. Meg White experience has been different from, and perhaps this is the reason why she stands out as one of the most iconic drummers of all time. The drummer has a distinctive, primal

Bobbye Hall Feature

Bobbye Hall, the Queen of Percussion Drumming

The “Queen of Percussion Drumming” Bobbye Hall is a successful musician in what can be termed as a man’s world. Bobbye Hall started drumming at a very tender age and soon became the youngest session drummer in Motown’s history. Her prowess can be attributed to her talent and love for hitting things. Her percussive signature

Nikki Glaspie Feature

Nikki Glaspie, a beat conductor, funk philosopher, seneschal of style

Nikki Glaspie has been named sorceress, alchemist, beat conductor, funk philosopher, seneschal of style, purveyor of pocket, and agent of love, among other titles. They all reflect her work in the modern drumming industry. “If there is any drummer who can make a difference in the woman’s world, it is Nikki,” one of her mentees

Moe Tucker

Moe Tucker, a Diverse and Minimalist drumming Style

There are not very many women who have left their mark in the drumming industry. And even those who have are not anything close to what Maurine “Moe” Tucker was. Her influences, were not only with one band, but she became the off-kilter thump that pushed a million bands beyond their limits. Whether she drummed

Sheila E Performing Feature

Sheila E, A Glamorous female drummer for Life

Very few drummers can play while standing and singing at the same time. That is how powerful Sheila E was. It was long before people discovered the powerhouse in her, perhaps because Sheila E was initially marketed as one of the many set symbols in the Prince house. But she was one of the few

Cindy Blackman Feature

Cindy Blackman, one of the best female drummers of all time

Cindy Blackman is proof that drumming does not know gender boundaries. Her imagination and the dazzling technical gifts she displays puts her on top as one of the best female drummers of all time. And she remains among the best drummers in modern times. Cindy Blackman was one of the main reasons Lenny Kravitz’s live