About Me

Though having been labeled a ‘rare’ creature as a Las Vegas native, she has not always lived there. Her wanderlust has taken her around the world. She first started playing the piano at an early age, but by her teenage years a passion for drumming had emerged, playing drums and percussion in all the typical high school bands. Her first professional gig took her to Japan at age 20 to play in a Dixieland band for several months. Once back in the States, she joined a blues band in San Diego while she finished her B.A. degree in music at SDSU. Moving to Los Angeles, she took a short course at P.I.T., Musician’s Institute, where upon graduating was offered a teaching assistant position. Later, after a memorable month playing drums in a trio at an apres-ski resort in Avoriaz, France, she ventured to Turkey and Europe to tour while playing percussion with the very popular Turkish pop singer Mustafa Sandal. Her next big adventure placed her in New Zealand for a couple of years, gigging in a wide variety of musical styles and with many artists, including Caitlin Smith and Karen Hunter. It was there that she was introduced to W. African drumming and joined a couple groups playing djun-djun and djembe. After returning to Las Vegas in 2000, she immersed herself in learning more world percussion, studying Afro-Brazilian drumming with Kurt Rasmussen, learning the Irish bodhran, and joining local Japanese Kaminari Taiko, and the Desert Skye Pipes and Drums Scottish pipe band. A couple years later found her in Berlin, Germany, playing drum kit & percussion with the first international show of Blue Man Group. Two years later, Nannette returned to Las Vegas to join Celine Dion’s show “A New Day” in the percussion chair, and afterward the “Taking Chances” World Tour in 2008-2009. Immediately on the heels of the tour came the drum chair for PEEPSHOW in Las Vegas, starring Mel B. Following that, in 2010 she found herself back in the fold with Blue Man Group (Las Vegas) until 2015. In 2014 she also had the opportunity to play bodhran with Calle 13 at the Latin Grammy Awards. Nannette has continued her decade-plus time with the very popular local Celtic band Killian’s Angels. In 2017, she began playing with the Tenors of Rock and continuing through 2019. She recently had the opportunity to fill in with Carol-Lyn Liddle's HerStory of Rock show.

Currently, Nannette continues to freelance, subbing with Raiding the Rock Vault,  performing in a long-running Variety Show, is a member of the only all-female Journey tribute band Sheclipse, subs with the tribute band Petty & the Heartshakers, and continues to perform with Killian's Angels, Mullivan's Edge, and Oktoberfest favorite Oompoporama.