Nikki Bigonger

United States

Teacher/School: Rick Stojak’s Drum Studio

The minute my dad dusted off his old Slingerland kit from the attic and set it up I was hooked! I was 7 years old and felt right at home behind the kit. I have always loved dancing and music so right away the drums felt like my outlet. I have struggled with anxiety since I was just a little girl but I always felt like drumming was a great release. Unfortunately, I just tinkered on the drums here and there and never could find my place or feel comfortable playing with other musicians or in front of a crowd. It’s funny that the thing that helped release my anxiety also created more when it came to my confidence level. The constant self talk that I wasn’t good enough or the anxiety I would get from performing in front of a crowd held me back. Finally, after having my second child (who is also sitting behind me in my video) I decided to join a band at a music school. I learned a ton musically from these other skilled musicians but most of all I relaxed and allowed myself to enjoy playing and have fun just like I did at home. That band dissolved over time and I started another band with all female musicians. I wanted to further pursue this and keep growing. I was then asked to play with another gigging band and after playing gigs at small venues I was hooked! I started to really want to dive into drumming, reading music, learning grooves and fills and that’s when I started my lessons with Rick Stojak. He has been an amazing instructor as far as learning grooves and applying them to various songs. He has also taught me an insane amount about my equipment and getting the best sound quality! I am still trying to find my niche for genres but I picked this song because it makes me want to dance and it energizes me on the kit. I find that songs I sing to in the car or dance to automatically are the ones that I really enjoy playing. I also felt like the lyrics describe the turning point I am coming to as a drummer… it’s about damn time! I’m playing several different genres in my current cover band but I do truly enjoy playing funk, pop, and rock grooves. As a mom of 2 young boys, I am trying to balance my time as best as I can but I have made a commitment to myself that I would like to put the work in to learn as much as I can. I was able to attend Sisters on the Drums camp in November and immerse myself in music for a weekend. I gained an incredible amount of knowledge that weekend but more importantly I met some great like minded women. Hearing the instructors stories and listening to them play at such a high level was inspiring. They said, “You can do this too. You just put the time in” and that lit a fire in me. I was on the verge on throwing in the towel recently because it seems the more you learn, the more you don’t know. I’ve decided to stop focusing on how far I have to go but to enjoy the journey and have fun!


  1. jenmarinasfong jenmarinasfong on April 12, 2023 at 12:51 am

    Looooovin your groove and feel! So fun, awesome job!!

  2. DanaDrums DanaDrums on April 12, 2023 at 4:40 am

    You are on fire!! Love your energy!!

    • kathy Smith on April 12, 2023 at 6:26 pm

      Fantastic, Nikki! Love your energy.

    • Adria McDonald on April 13, 2023 at 9:10 am

      YES. Enjoy the journey! Nikki you are not only an incredibly talented drummer, you are also SO FUN TO WATCH!! What an inspiration!

  3. Jeanine Jeanine on April 12, 2023 at 4:40 am

    Great cover, pocket, feel..serving the music. Love it!

    • Nikitadrums Nikitadrums on April 12, 2023 at 10:27 am

      Thanks so much!

  4. Kate Boehm on April 12, 2023 at 8:50 am

    That’s my sista!!! Amazing Nik! 👏

    • Nikitadrums Nikitadrums on April 12, 2023 at 10:27 am

      Thanks sis! You’ve had to put up with a lot of noise over the years:)

    • Sara Housley on April 21, 2023 at 5:18 pm

      Awesome. Great job.

  5. Torria on April 12, 2023 at 10:26 am

    That’s my girl! Mutha Drumma. Proud.

    • Nikitadrums Nikitadrums on April 12, 2023 at 5:26 pm

      Love you!!!!

  6. DianeHirakawa DianeHirakawa on April 12, 2023 at 1:22 pm

    I can see you are enjoying this entry with your continuous smile, which does add too your grooves and fills. Tempo is perfect.

    • Nikitadrums Nikitadrums on April 12, 2023 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you! I am in my happy place when I play songs that I love!

  7. Art Reveles on April 12, 2023 at 6:15 pm

    You are so good!!! Can’t wait to see you in person 😃

    • Nikitadrums Nikitadrums on April 17, 2023 at 7:04 am

      Thanks mom! Love you!!!!

  8. Mary Stranghoener on April 12, 2023 at 6:25 pm

    You rock, mama!!

  9. Jess on April 12, 2023 at 6:38 pm

    You really light up a stage with your energy Nik! 🙌🏻

  10. Brian Lugo on April 12, 2023 at 7:48 pm

    Keep rockin! You are rad cousin.

  11. Ricky on April 12, 2023 at 8:54 pm

    Awesome performance!! Good timing and energy!!

  12. Regina Fairbrother on April 12, 2023 at 9:08 pm

    That was awesome sweet cuz Nik!! Next time I come out there I want to plan for when you will be doing a gig so we can watch😎

  13. Sonia C on April 12, 2023 at 10:40 pm

    Love the song choice. Your energy makes me wanna groove!

  14. Dava Lugo on April 13, 2023 at 9:15 am

    What a wonderful inspirational journey! Keep it up and never stop learning!

  15. Natalie Brown on April 13, 2023 at 9:27 am

    So good Nik!!! You are 🔥🔥🔥

  16. Lori on April 13, 2023 at 11:56 am

    Nikki is badA$$!!!

  17. Jennifer Brown on April 13, 2023 at 5:52 pm

    Get it girl!!! You are amazing

  18. Jorge on April 13, 2023 at 7:50 pm

    Get it, Banana!!

  19. Sheri Luevano on April 13, 2023 at 9:06 pm

    Wow! What energy and style! You are so fun to watch and what a fun choice of music.

  20. Samantha Robbins on April 14, 2023 at 8:53 am

    I love this!!!

  21. Kristie on April 14, 2023 at 3:27 pm

    How do I vote????????

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      • Kristie Kambourakis on April 15, 2023 at 6:30 pm

        Done! Thanks!

    • Nikitadrums Nikitadrums on April 14, 2023 at 8:49 pm

      Up by the video it has a heart button:)

  22. Christina Henry Christina Henry on April 14, 2023 at 7:36 pm

    Nikki, I’m new to this, but I must say I really enjoyed your performance! So much energy and the look on your face says it all!

    • Nikitadrums Nikitadrums on April 14, 2023 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you so much, I appreciate that!

  23. on April 15, 2023 at 10:57 am

    WOW! Ok girl, Your energy is contagious!! and great song.

  24. David Lugo on April 16, 2023 at 4:19 am

    Ever since you came into this world you have made an impression. Your playing is inspirational!! I’m amazed at how far you have come; I can’t wait to see where this journey takes you sweetheart

    • Nikitadrums Nikitadrums on April 16, 2023 at 11:56 am

      Love you Dad! Thanks for getting me started on this:)

  25. Shaun Sanucci on April 16, 2023 at 2:12 pm

    Nikki love your attitude just what a good Drummer needs. You are in the pocket – strong work.

    • Nikitadrums Nikitadrums on April 16, 2023 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks Shaun!

  26. Lachimolaladrum Lachimolaladrum on April 17, 2023 at 7:33 am

    I love your song choice – You make me wanna dance! tell me more about the drum camp – that sounds like fun! I’m trying to find a drum camp to go to :—)

  27. Kristen Beatty on April 19, 2023 at 9:34 pm

    You are amazing! The boys loved watching you!!

  28. Jenny Artiga on October 22, 2023 at 9:30 pm

    You never quit inspiring me Nik, or making me smile. Love your energy here.

  29. Vicarious Brixtress on October 28, 2023 at 11:29 pm

    Oh my goodness gracious golly gee willikerz WOW! The joy I felt watching how much fun you’re having made the smile in my heart bust out allaway to my face and now my face hurts from smiling for the entirety of the song! Mahalo for being an inspiration as I *finally* begin my drumming journey at, like the Beatles song, “When I’m Sixty-four”. Happy Hawaiian Hugz!

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