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As of July 2010, the last show Torry played with The Donnas was on December 27, 2008 at the House Of Blues in Anaheim, CA. Since then, she has been out on a shoulder problem, attending college while she recovers. Amy Cesari of the band The Demonics is filling in on all future tour dates until Torry's condition renders her safe to play. On July 9, 2010, she announced on the band's website that due to her shoulder she would have to retire from drumming and performing with The Donnas.
Torry Castellano (aka “Donna C”), drummer for The Donnas, has been forced to quit the band and completely retire from playing drums due to a chronic, severe shoulder injury. I interviewed Torry several years ago and she was lots of fun. This is really a shame, as not only are The Donnas an awesome band, but I know how passionate drummers are about their craft. No one wants to be forced into retirement due to an injury; faced with having to choose living without pain over pursuing your art.
From Torry Herself in a press release July 2010:
"This is a very difficult message for me to write. As many of you already know, I've been dealing with a painful shoulder injury for the last 2 years and I have had to take time off from playing the drums. I have tried numerous different therapies, including physical therapy, sometimes up to 3 times a week, trigger point shots, exercises, and rest, but none of them have gotten me to a place where I can play again. Unfortunately, unlike when I had my wrist problems, there is no specific surgery that can help with my shoulder.
As I am still in pain, my doctors have come to the conclusion that I cannot play the drums anymore because if I continue I will be in pain for the rest of my life. After much thought and many conversations with the other girls I have decided I have to retire. My retirement has brought me a lot of sadness because I love playing the drums and being a part of the Donnas family, which of course includes all of you. I've loved all the experiences that we've had together and I really want to thank all of you for your support and the fun times. Even though I can't play anymore, I would never want the other girls to have to give up something that they love and I know that they will continue to make and play great rock 'n roll.
I've had to think about what I'm going to do now. While I have been resting my shoulder, I've been taking some classes and doing this has really helped me to have something to put my energies into. I've decided to continue with this, and I will be starting Stanford University in the fall. I know that I'll miss living near the other girls, but I'll be seeing them and the rest of you at their future Bay Area shows.
No matter what, I will always be a Donna and be a part of the Donna's family. I know you guys will continue to support the band and I'll be there too, as the #1 Donnaholic."
This energetic, percussive beauty will be sorely missed by us here and her fans ~DD
Thanks to all those interested, and we look forward to hearing from each and every one of you!
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Drum Dungeon Bio - TORRY CASTELLANO
Torrance Heather Castellano (born January 8, 1979, in San Francisco, California) is the ex-drummer of The Donnas, announcing her retirement in July 2010). She is the cousin of actress Laura San Giacomo.
Early in her childhood, she moved to Palo Alto, California, where she met her bandmates. She was asked to be part of the band by Allison Robertson, and agreed even though she did not have any experience. The band rehearsed every day in her garage.
Before the release of The Donnas' album Gold Medal, Torry developed tendinitis. 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. For Gold Medal, she recorded with her recovering wrists, but could only play for short periods of time.