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Judy started drumming back in grade school and has never looked back. By the time she graduated high school, she had been playing at CBGBs, Kenny’s Castaways, and the Bitter End in NYC and surrounding areas with various bands. After moving to Los Angeles she began drumming for heavy dirgecore band Borax, then joined Sharon Needles (Butt Trumpet) in the pop punk band Bobsled, who was signed to Tacklebox/Cargo Records. After three years with Bobsled, Judy and Sharon joined forces with Bianca Halstead and Blaire Chodor of Butt Trumpet to form Betty Blowtorch, which became a near-instantaneous phenomenon. Betty Blowtorch was picked up by Freeze Management before even playing their first show, and was matched with Duff McKagen (Guns N Roses), who produced their first EP Get Off. After a year and a half of constant touring, Betty Blowtorch was signed to Foodchain Records and recorded Are You Man Enough? Produced by Matt Hyde (Porno for Pyros, Slayer) and mixed by Joe Barresi (Hole, Veruca Salt, L7, Pennywise). The band was featured in Spin, Rolling Stone, Alternative Press, Drum!, and numerous other publications. The pace became relentless with national touring dates, a spot on the Warped Tour and an appearance in the film Bubble Boy thrown into the mix. Much of this touring was filmed for what later became the award-winning documentary, "The True Life Adventures of Betty Blowtorch”. Ten years after the tragic death of Betty Blowtorch’s lead singer, Foodchain Records asked Judy, Sharon, and Blaire to reunite once more at El Cid to celebrate Bianca’s life and impact on the global music community. Despite reservations over playing without Bianca, the reunion with Mia X on vocals and bass served as a re-bonding for the three musicians and reignited enthusiasm from fans all over the world. Since then, Judy has continued to create, both as a drummer and an educator. Projects such as Stay at Home Bomb with Alice Bag, Lysa Flores, and Sharon Needles, and the highly acclaimed tribute bands Cheap Chick and Hell’s Belles have taken her all over the world playing festivals and multiple shows for the troops in the Middle East. Betty Blowtorch continues to jam, play shows, and record new music. Judy remains passionate about drums and especially passionate about teaching drums to kids, with and without special needs.