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biography "Little Texas Bad-Ass Drummer Girl"

Amongst a slew of honors and awards over the years, Carol was named "Best in Texas" by the National Association of Jazz Educators in 1979. Still, teachers send students to watch her play.

Her musical journey began at age five with piano lessons. then moved on to Classical Guitar by age eight. Stage performance was upped from recitals to winning a local talent contest. At age 10 she was introduced to her first snare drum by her babysitter Mary, love at first sight. She wanted to play drums just like Mary. For seven years she was mentored by Dr. Judith Mathis who was a Judge for the National Association of Rudimental Drummers, award winning Band Director, Song Writer, Composer, and friends with numerous big named artists of the day like Buddy Rich and Ed Shaunessey. "Momma" Mathis raised a generation of successful musicians during her years in Wylie, Texas. Carol received numerous National Association of Jazz Educators Trophies and Certificates of Honor, "Who's Who of American Music" twice, "All American Hall of Fame" Band Honors, Outstanding Musician Award for the St. Mary's Fiesta Stage Band Festival - out of 27 stage bands class 1-5A (Best in Texas), Citizenship award given by the City of Wylie, Texas, All Region Band Honors three years, and numerous 1st place medals from University Interscholastic League Solo and Ensemble contests including Gold and Silver for solo and ensembles at State level.

Ms. Dierking was a member of the Texas Jr. Drum Corp in the early '70s and attended summer band camp programs at East Texas State University, (one year) and Texas Tech State University, (two years). She won full Music Scholarship to Stephen F. Austin State University after being one of sixty that were auditioning on the last day of try-outs for the last grant. There she studied under the direction of Dr. Melvin Montgomery, world renowned Percussionist and member of the Band Directors Hall of Fame. Carol received a Scroll of Honor and Honorary membership to the Women's Band Sorority Tau Beta Sigma.

Throughout high school and college she played in Concert Band, Marching Band, Stage Band, Jazz Ensemble, Percussion Ensemble, Solo Performances, accompaniment for the Theater Productions, and accompaniment for the Choirs. Then came the whole thing about playing by ear. Somewhere around the globe you may have seen or heard of Carol (Ms.Morgan) playing with some of these guys:Shephard's Glory, The Leon Street Blues Band, (with Stevie Ray Vaughn occasionally sitting in), The SFA Metal Rockers, Cactus Rose, She of Dallas, The Ted Davi Band, Ric E Blues and the Deep Blue Sea, Mr. D. and Friends, The Kenny Barker Band, The Dead Prophets, Big Mike Clark with Ms. Morgan on Drums, intodown, Big Mike Clark Blues Band, Spur 2 Texas, The Andrea Dawson Band, The Outlaw River Band, Phil and the Phat Cats, The Dunn Deal, The Texas Blues Project, Elmo Blues, Wild Bill Cody and the Backroom Boys, Whiskey Nekkid, D'Tour, Texas Trailblazers, Zeb Cash Lane, The Wylie Community Band, The Barflies, The Sonja Jevette Band, Teddy Barracuda, The Jimmy Lee Reeves Band, The Janna Bowden Blues Band, Ginny Ivy Blues Band, Ray Anderson Band, Ms. Morgan on Drums (solo), Jack Foltyn - Elvis Impersonator, Jimmy Thackery and the Drivers, The Smokin' Joe Kubek Band featuring Bnois King, Jim Suhler and Monkey Beat, Leo Hull & The Texas Blues Machine, The Jeff Stone Band, Voodoo Highway, The Mo Stephens Trio, Baloney MoonAll Star Blues Jam Host and participant with Various Artists featuring many National and Internationally acclaimed guests... sharing the stage with Albert Cummings, Buddy Whittington, Robin Banks, Tommy Shannon, Jerry Clark, Texas Slim, Joey Love, Hashbrown, Perry Jones, Pete Barbeck, Mike Morgan, Holland K. Smith, Lance Lopez, Guitar George, Mouse Mayes, Sam Myers, Anson Funderburg, Brent Rozell, Casey James, Paul Byrd, Kenny Traylor, Diunna Greenleaf, Fiona Boyles, Joe Jonas, Pops Carter, Sue Foley, Loomis Hamilton, Vicki Blackwell, Richard Blackwell, JR Boy Jones, Kerrie Lepai, Biscuit Miller, Paxton Norris, Tyler Mac, and numerous others over the years.

Ms. Dierking has recorded Reel-to-Reel and vinyl albums with Concert Bands, Orchestras, Marching Bands, Stage Bands, Jazz Ensembles, and a Percussion Ensemble. Carol has recorded Compact Discs with various groups including TX D'Tour, The Dead Prophets, Spur 2 Texas, Big Mike Clark with Ms. Morgan on Drums, intodown, The Texas Trailblazers, Jack Foltyn, and Christopher Ray. There are over a hundred videos on you-tube. http://www.youtube.com/thecaroldierking

Getting down to the roots, Carol is a True Blues Powerhouse ~ Texas Blues Drummer (and she can play Chicago style too!)... old and new, groovin', rockin', roadhouse, outlaw and gospel blues. Texas Country Music fans love them some Carol, and the Funk/Soul cats are jumpin' all night long. This versatile drummer will cause you to move.

"I am a vessel from which the music flows" ~ Carol Dierking

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