Mike DePetrillo

One night while driving home from a gig, drummer Mike DePetrillo heard on the radio that Oklahoma was number one in hunger. He was horrified and knew that he had to do something about it. He was a life-long drummer, so he decided to combine his love of music with his new-found passion for fighting hunger and organized Drum Day Tulsa, benefiting the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma. This event is held the first Sunday in November. Drummers from across the region come together to break the Guinness World Record for the most drummers playing the same beat at the same time. The registration fee is 10 cans of food. Over the past four years, they have raised over 17,000 pounds of food. Even more importantly, Mike has used his media contacts in the Tulsa area to help spread the word about hunger in our own backyard. His passion and enthusiasm are amazing. He deserves to be recognized for his selfless devotion to this project.