If you've attended San Francisco Opera in the last 24 seasons, you've heard her tickle the bells in Mozart, clash the cymbals in Wagner, snap the snare in Rossini. San Francisco Opera Orchestra percussionist Patti Niemi's memoir of her journey from grade school to the Opera Orchestra is a funny, touching and memorable story of outstanding talent and admirable tenacity. A wonderful and enlightening gift for anyone who dreams of being a professional musician!
"By turns reflective and dramatic, poignant and hilarious, Sticking It Out offers an irresistible portrait of the artist as a young percussionist. In deft and swiftly drawn narrative strokes, Patti Niemi charts the formation of a career in music — the endless hours in the practice room, the stomach-churning anxiety of auditions, the blend of competitiveness and camaraderie that shapes relations among up-and-coming musicians — and she does it with wit and personality to burn. She's as adept at writing as she is at standing in a corner and banging on things." — Joshua Kosman, San Francisco Chronicle
“Sharp like a flam, resonant like the end of a roll, Sticking It Out is everything you want a music memoir to be . . . funny, honest, and memorable.” — Kevin Smokler, author of Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books You Haven’t Touched Since High School
“It’s an eye-opening tale of demanding teachers, gruelling practice schedules, severe performance anxiety and bias against ‘girl drummers’–a funny, poignant first-person account of the fierce commitment it takes to succeed in classical music.” — San Jose Mercury