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My name is Grace Goss, I am a 19 year old drummer from the Lower East Side of Manhattan. I began playing drums at the age of 5 at the Paul Green School of Rock, eventually moving on to study jazz, latin, and funk at the Drummer’s Collective. At 14 I began attending high school at the Laguardia High School for the Performing Arts (the Fame school). at 16 years old I switched to studying classical music, and playing in the Interschool Orchestra’s of New York Symphony. I have played in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Symphony Spaces, Trinity Church, The Knitting Factory, CBGBs, Music Hall of Williamsburg, and more. I have also played at the Zappanalle Festival in Germany. I have also played both percussion and drum set it my high schools productions of musicals such as Les Miserable, 42nd Street, Sweeney Todd, Pirates of Penzance, and more. I am currently working towards my Bachelor’s in Classical Percussion Performance at Purchase College.
My main project currently is a three piece queer punk band called Dumpster. It is comprised of me on drums (and occasionally vocals and guitar), Claire Parcells on Guitar and Vocals, and Cally Mansfield on Bass and Vocals. We began in 2019 when myself and Claire Parcells were asked to play a gig, and didn’t have a band. We quickly whipped up a few originals and a cover and played the show. From there we added Cally Mansfield and established ourselves deeply into the DIY Music scene at Purchase College. Out Debut EP Fiasco is scheduled to be released on July 22nd, 2020.
I also play live with a variety of bands around Purchase College such as Dogs on Shady Lane, ASH, Julia Klot, April Levin, and Yuika. I also do session recordings for these bands and some more. On the classical side, I play in my own project which can only be described as “classical noise”, in which I take my classical studies and love for punk and noise music and combine them into one strange genre. I also play in the Purchase Percussion Ensemble, Purchase New Music Ensemble, and Purchase Symphony Orchestra. As well as subbing in the Norwalk Youth Symphony Orchestra. I feel as of right now that my music career could go many ways, as my love for both drum set and classical percussion pull me in different directions. All I know is that I love drums and percussion, I love music, and any career in music is the life I will lead.