Drummer Hanne Andersen has been part of an active music community in Pacifica. She is now moving back to her native Denmark. Photo courtesy Jam Municada/ProJam Multimedia

A beloved local drummer will soon move back to her home country, in part because of the pandemic and the lack of paying gigs and students.

Hanne Tylvad Andersen, who played drums with local bands The Fingerpuppets, Wall of Blues and other Bay Area bands featuring a range of music genres, said she is moving to Denmark because her whole family is there and because her dad is struggling with health issues.

“It is something I need to do, but I have not made any decisions beyond that. I might come back, but I just don’t know how things are going to turn out,” she said in an email.

Andersen started playing drums when she was 12, after a teacher told her to pick one instrument out of her many interests. She grew up singing and harmonizing with her mom, a music teacher. 

“That drum set in the music room seemed like it had a spotlight on it, at 12. It looked like a halo to me. I could practically hear the choir of angels,” she wrote.

She earned a master’s degree in music performance and teaching from the conservatory in Copenhagen. After that, she traveled to Las Vegas to perform. A Pacifica resident since 2000, she teaches drumming to private students ranging in age from 5 to 61 through Manor Music and in her own studio and at their homes. There was usually a wait list for her classes. She teaches all levels and helps them meet their individual music goals.

She said she has played very few gigs since the initial COVID-19 lockdown.

“Going from several gigs a week to very few has been hard. I miss the people I got to know who loved music,” she said by email. “I really love Pacifica and the Bay Area – the people, the nature and the culture. I have made so many wonderful friends here.” 

— Jane Northrop 


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