Sin City Presents Magazine May 2016 Volume 3 Issue 5 - Page 25

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Behind the kit with

NANNETTE FORTIER

This month Sin City Presents Magazine takes you behind the kit for the first time with a female drummer who definitely has the beat. I am super excited to introduce you all to my fellow Vegas Native, Nannette Fortier, the BAD ASS, Battle Born, blonde bombshell basher from the Blue Man Group. As a fellow Las Vegas Native I can relate to her being known as a rare creature. Her passion for percussion has taken her around the world and back… back to Sin City. In addition to performing with the Blue Man Group, now at the Luxor Hotel & Casino located on the Las Vegas Strip, she also jams with local favorites, Killian's Angels, Mullivan’s Edge, and Travis Shredd & The Good ‘Ol Homeboys.

Like many who start out their musical journey Nannette started with the piano at an early age and by her early teens her passion for the drums and percussion made its way to the surface. Of course like every rock star she also had dreams of being a guitar goddess but says she just couldn’t stop “banging on those things.”

Nannette is not one to let the grass grow under her feet for too long. Her passion to travel is as deep as it is for the music she creates. She believes that music transcends all cultural barriers and that there is treasure to be found in every country. At the age of 19 she set out on her first adventure to Australia which would be the first of many trips across the globe. Her first professional gig took her to Japan to play in a Dixieland Band, shortly thereafter returning to finish working on her music degree at SDSU, gigging through her college years with a blues band in San Diego until she moved to Los Angeles to attend P.I.T., Musician’s Institute (MI).

Once again stung by the travel bug Nannette found herself in France playing drums with an “après-ski” band it was shortly after that she got the opportunity to play with pop-star Mustafa Sandal which was her first BIG percussion gig. Shortly thereafter she would find herself living in New Zealand, gigging with the likes of Caitlin Smith and Karen Hunter. While in New Zealand she was introduced to djembe/djun-djuns and played in a couple of African groups.

Upon returning to Las Vegas she immersed herself in studying world percussion, picking up the Irish bodran, joining a Scottish Pipe & Drums group, a Japanese Taiko group and studying Afro-Cuban and Afro-Brazilian drumming with Kurt Rasmussen.

Across the pond again! This time to Berlin, Germany, with the Blue Man Group for two years before returning to Las Vegas to play percussion for Celine Dion’s “A New Day” until its final curtain call. Fortier continued to work with Celine Dion during the 2008-2009 “Taking Chances World Tour” playing to sell out crowds on five continents, in twenty five countries and ninety three cities. All roads lead to Las Vegas though and soon after touring with Celine Dion she went on to perform as the drum chair for “PEEPSHOW” (starring Mel B) and had the opportunity to play bodhran with Calle 13 at the Latin Grammy Awards in 2014. No stranger to performing on the fabulous Las Vegas Strip, she’s found herself back with the Blue Man Group and continues to do other freelance work as well as perform regularly with Killian’s Angels, Mullivan’s Edge and Travis Shredd & the Good ‘Ol Homeboys.

We’re certainly glad she’s home in Sin City! To keep up with Nannette please visit her online at

http://nannettefortier.com. Be sure to add the Blue Man Group at the LUXOR to your MUST SEE in Sin City list! Tickets are available online at www.blueman.com .

About Nannette's kit.

Pictured is one of the biggest set-ups

Nannette would use, often gigs don't

require that many drums or cymbals, or

even a double bass drum pedal. She is

endorsed by Zildjian cymbals, but has

many drum kits (Yamaha, Ludwig, Taye,

Gretsch, PDP). Her preference is to

have a wide range of drum & cymbal

sizes to choose from to suit a variety

of musical styles and venues

(ex. She has 5 different bass

drum sizes and even more sizes with

snare drums). Most of her drums ar

e maple, and snare drums are

aluminum, wood, or acrylic.