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  • Prince (1958 - 2016)
    Prince Rogers Nelson (born June 7, 1958), known by his mononym Prince , was an American singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor. He produced ten platinum albums and thirty Top 40 singles du...
  • Stewart Armstrong Copeland
    Stewart Armstrong Copeland (born July 16, 1952) is an American musician, best known as the drummer for the band The Police. During the group's extended hiatus from the mid-1980s to 2007, he played in...
  • Arthur Mitchell, Jr. (1934 - 2018)
    Arthur Mitchell (born March 27, 1934) is an African-American dancer and choreographer who created a training school and the first African-American classical ballet company, Dance Theatre of Harlem. Amo...

Gitiim studied orchestral percussion and music theory at the Manhattan School of Music in New York City, was a music major at the High School of Music & Art and a member of Dance Theatre of Harlem's professional percussion ensemble, which toured with the dance company founded by Arthur Mitchell.

Her dreams of playing timpani with the New York Philharmonic were put aside when she joined her M&A high school buddy's punk rock band, Steaming Vomit—then it became all about "loud, fast rules!"

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She has backed regional artists Alison Rogers, Siri Lini, Laurel, Kimberly Jason, and Cindy Pruitt.

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Currently, in addition to working her day job—Production Office Manager at Alley Theatre, in Houston—Gitiim is playing occasional gigs with Fluff the Kat, laying down drum tracks for local artists, and working with a cover party band called By Request.

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Besides her own viscera, G’s influences include:
Siouxsie & the Banshees, Stewart Copeland, Terry Bozzio, B-52's, AC/DC, Prince, Jane's Addiction; music genres like old school punk, dance/pop, techno; George Ballanchine (so much rhythm in his choreography, she feels), some amazing teachers (Claire Heldrich, Bill Gladd, Eddie Locke, Ivan Hampden, Jr.), and those colleagues whom she had the pleasure to listen to and learn from! Says G, “If someone were to ask me in which drummer do I see a reflection of myself or to whom I feel a connection, it would be Taylor Hawkins, drummer for the Foo Fighters.”



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