Gayelynn began playing drums at the age of 2 in her dad’s basement. She began lessons at age 8 and had a drum set by age 9. Gayelynn took up the clarinet in 5th grade and the saxophone in 6th grade. She became 1st Chair on clarinet in 7th grade. In 10th Grade, she played drums in the Jazz band and saxophone in the Concert band. After graduating college she and bassist, Marion Hayden, formed the “Straight Ahead” Jazz Band which continues to perform all across the country and overseas.