Torry Castellano

Torrance Heather Castellano (born January 8, 1979) is an American percussionist and the former drummer of The Donnas. She announced her retirement from drumming in July 2010.

Torry Castellano
Castellano performing with The Donnas (2008).
Castellano performing with The Donnas (2008).
Background information
Birth nameTorrance Heather Castellano
Born (1979-01-08) January 8, 1979 (age 41)
OriginSan Francisco, California, U.S.
Years active1993–2010
LabelsLookout!, Atlantic, Purple Feather[1]
Associated actsThe Donnas


Castellano was born in San Francisco, California. She met future bandmates Maya Ford, Brett Anderson and Allison Robertson in junior high school.[2] They formed a band in 8th grade called Ragady Anne, later calling themselves The Electrocutes at Palo Alto High School.[3]

Before the release of The Donnas' sixth studio album Gold Medal, Castellano developed tendonitis and in October 2003, she had surgery for it. During her recovery, she had to take drum lessons to re-learn to hold drum sticks the correct way.[4] For Gold Medal, she recorded with her recovering wrists, but could only play for short periods of time.

A shoulder problem forced Castellano to withdraw from The Donnas' tour following a show on December 27, 2008 at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, California. Amy Cesari of the band The Demonics filled in on future tour dates. On July 9, 2010, Castellano announced on the band's website that due to her shoulder she would have to retire from drumming and performing with The Donnas. Castellano still attended events the band was involved with as well as promoted the last album she recorded with the band, Greatest Hits Vol. 16.

She attended Santa Monica College before transferring to Stanford University, majoring in political science.[5] Castellano graduated from Stanford with distinction and attended Harvard Law School.[6] While at Harvard, she interned for Adalah.[7]


  1. ^ "The Donnas > Discography > Main Albums". Allmusic. Retrieved April 14, 2007.
  2. ^ "Mayhem and mood swings -- a day with the Donnas". SFGate. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  3. ^ "The Donnas with Blondie and Pat Benatar". 2009-08-11. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  4. ^ "Torry Castellano: The Grip Of Death". Modern Drummer Magazine. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  5. ^ "Stanford Magazine - Article". 2011-03-01. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  6. ^ Groth, Gabriela. "Top five Stanford alumni in the music industry". Stanford Daily. Retrieved 2016-03-21.
  7. ^ "2014 Chayes International Public Service Fellows". The Office of Clinical and Pro Bono Programs at Harvard Law School. Harvard University. 2014-11-25. Retrieved 2017-08-26.

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