Calderwood Percussion in a small custom musical instrument company run by Bill Whitney in Boston, MA.
Working as a composer and sound designer for Harmonix Music Systems, the video game developer behind such franchises as Rock Band and Dance Central, Bill was part of a very small team tasked with inventing, designing and building a variety of custom musical instruments to be used in the musical development of an upcoming game title. This resulted not only in the creation of a contra-bass banjo, a bowed acoustic guitar, a wide variety of pitched and non-pitched percussion instruments and an array of other fun musical oddities, but also in the discovery of several innovative building techniques and a passion for instrument making.
Bill’s professional life up to this point has been pretty evenly split between being a music educator, a professional bassist and a recording engineer and sound designer. Whether teaching a drumline, locking in with a drummer as a session bassist, or engineering and editing recordings, one common necessary tool is an acute and critical ear for drum sounds. Simply put, Bill has been developing a sense for great drum sounds his whole musical life, and he is now bringing that experience to building new and innovative custom percussion instruments.
Custom made Professional Percussion Instruments
Custom Modification :: Vintage Restorations :: Custom Rebuilds
Whether you’re playing Mahler, Mingus or Megadeath, Calderwood can customize or custom build the equipment you need to play your best.