Hi, my name is Mary Wenskunas and I have been told I can’t when I absolutely CAN!!I have been playing drums since I was 7 years old and I have “grown” up in a multitude of praise bands.
As a kid, I started off in the kid’s church praise band which in turn followed with me playing for the youth band at the age of 10. I was picked on a lot because of being so young in an older environment and for being a girl. I kept on pushing through it though. Then my family and I moved to First Church oh the Nazarene where I was eager to start playing again. My first day there I hopped on and was instantly apart of their youth band.
Months went by and we became members of the church and the senior pastor asked me if I would like to play in the adult praise band. Of course I said YES!! Well I was in for a big surprise on my first day of practice. They already had a drummer and he (Brian) was not the nicest guy in the world. He never gave me a chance and put me on bongos and etc. for over a year! Now I was 14 so I thought it was just as cool, but then we got a new worship pastor who could not stand female musicians!! I was ridiculed a lot and he didn’t want me in the praise band at all, but I stuck with it.
One day I finally got my chance to shine, and our pastor loved it! He then put me on the schedule and not the other drummer!! I was thrilled, Brian was not. He left the church in anger leaving me the drums!! I was happy but sad at the same time. Our worship pastor was fired and we now have a new pastor…. her name is Cathy!! I love having a female in charge…WOOT WOOT!
I now play drums every Sunday and it’s been that way for over 2 years now! I plan on becoming a professional drummer in the christian music industry. I have even been offered an audition with Britt Nicole!! I am so thankful for my talents and I give all the glory to God! Don’t ever give up on your dreams and don’t ever stop because your a girl!!! Tear it up!!
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