MILANA has been hitting things to find rhythm ever since she can remember, starting drum lessons at the age of 4.
Now at age 10, she’s been featured on Steve Harvey’s “Little Big Shots” (NBC), performed for 19,000+ at Vivint Arena, recognized as a Top 20 Finalist in the 'Hit Like A Girl' Global Female Drum Contest for four consecutive years (2014-2017), as well as winning the contests first-ever "Rising Star" Award (2017), and many others.
At 6 years old, Milana jammed with Stewart Copeland (The Police) and performed on stage with Sheila E. during her live concert, then to reunite with Sheila E. on season 3 of NBC’s “Little Big Shots”.
She’s also played with members of: Snarky Puppy, Dave Matthews Band, Michael Jackson’s band, Tower of Power, Neon Trees, Fictionist, Arturo Sandoval, Victor Wooten, as well as master percussionists Daniel Glass, Tommy Igoe, Thomas Lang, and Brazil's Dudu Fuentes & Ailton Nunes.
Playing in performing bands since age 6, Milana was accepted into the award-winning Caleb Chapman Soundhouse under the direction of grammy-nominee Caleb Chapman at age 7 - playing in touring bands: 'Jukebox Antihero' (rock), 'Mystery Tour' (Beatles), 'New Bop Big Band', 'Lonely Hearts Club' (Beatles), and 'Epoch' (rock orchestra). She and her friends also started their own band, 'BEKM'.
From 2015-2016, Milana kept her chops sharp drumming with the acclaimed Afro-Brazilian bateria/drumline 'Samba Fogo'.
Milana currently studies with LA session player Dave Elitch (Justin Timberlanke, Miley Cyrus, The 1975, M83, The Mars Volta, Killer Be Killed, and many others.)''
ACHIEVEMENTS | AWARDS
- Top 20 Finalist in the 'Hit Like A Girl' Global Female Drum Contest for 4 years (2014-2017)
Winner: ‘Hit Like A Girl’ Contest first-ever "Rising Star" Award, sponsored by School of Rock (2017)
Winner: Downbeat Magazine's Best Youth Blues/Rock/Pop Ensemble Award (2017)
Winner: Caleb Chapman Soundhouse “Outstanding Soloist Award” for New Bop Big Band (2017)
Winner: Caleb Chapman Soundhouse “Outstanding Musician Award” (2017)
Winner: Caleb Chapman Soundhouse “Producer's Award” (2016)