Queen Cora Dunham
began her musical journey at Kashmere High School under senior William Portis and at church under Mamie L. Johnson. She played in the marching and concert bands and by the 11th
grade moved on to play the drum set. After graduating as valedictorian, Cora received her Bachelor of Science Degree at Howard University.
After achieving the honor of becoming the first female section leader of Howard's Thunder Machine marching drum section, she went on to win 1st
against 5,000 drummers in Guitar Center's 2002 Annual National Drum-Off . This crowned her as the first female to make it to the national level, and earned her the title of the Nation's Best Amateur Drummer.
Queen Cora and her husband, Joshua, played as the dynamic rhythm section for 5+ years with international pop artist, Prince, and can be heard on the Te Amo Corazon
, Planet Earth
, and LotusFlow3r
albums. Her roster of artists include, but are not limited to, Goapele, P!nk, Zac Harmon, Frank McComb, IL Divo, Phil Upchurch, Maceo Parker, and Ledisi. Queen Cora
now drums for BET's Annual Black Girls Rock! Awards and has historically graced the Super Bowl Half-Time Show with both, Prince (XLI) & Beyonce (XLI). She has played with Beyonce for 2 1/2 years, where she also served as bandleader.
The Queen rocks the Yamaha DTX900 Module
with various XP Pads
and chooses the Yamaha DTX-MULTI 12 Percussion Pad
to get her groove on.