Here’s a fantastic video of Josh Orlando playing his Pearl Crystal Beat set with Calderwood Percussion acrylic snare. This guy is smokin’!
I was looking at a photo of a military honor guard at a funeral, and noticing how they cover their drums in black fabric to show respect. (more…)
In Spring of 2014, we made a set of ultra-light marching basses for the Boston Crusaders Senior Drum & Bugle Corps. Totally custom-designed, these marching basses (sizes 14″x18″ through 14″x26″) weigh approximately half of what the corresponding sized Yamaha Field-Master drums weigh. The drums feature all maple shells, machined aluminum hardware, custom laser cut white marine pearl badges and “Waldo” logos, and custom made embroidered soft cases. In other words, they’re extra-swanky. (more…)
You may not have known, but Bill has been a teacher for years, and he still is! He’s currently teaching drum and trumpet classes in a Dorchester public school and low brass at Randolph High School. Recently, Bill was interviewed about Music in our Schools Month, and we wanted to share it with you! (more…)
We moved into our new digs here in Avon, MA in August, 2016. Want to see how things are shaping up?
Come take a shop tour with us!
Randolph High School band had some old drums that weren’t in useable condition, including a really cool 30″ Slingerland bass drum. Like many high school programs, the budget for new equipment is tight, so anytime we can reuse, repurpose, restore, rebuild, and/or refurbish, instead of buying new, the answer is yes! In this case, the director wants to use this drum both for concert band and for the marching pit, so it’s going to need a much more durable marine varnish finish in addition to the repairs. (more…)
For those of you following along with the George B. Stone rope tension drum restoration, here’s how it turned out! (more…)
I’m with Bill Whitney at the Calderwood Percussion shop in Avon, MA. It’s raining, the sound of heavy rain against the windows is enticing – that is, when the sander isn’t running! Bill’s niece Amber is doing finish work on a bass drum for Randolph High School. WCRB is on in the background, playing the Henry Purcell Trumpet Voluntary.
Today, Bill is restoring an antique drum. (He’s also repairing my guitar, overseeing the finish work on the bass for the high school, and laser cutting some custom drum gift certificates for some very lucky drummers’ Christmas stockings, among other things.)
A while back, we made a couple drums for Andres Forero for the Broadway show, Hamilton, which you might say has turned out to be pretty successful. We were very excited to find our name mentioned several times in this months’ issue of Modern Drummer Magazine!
As you can see, we’re not great about keeping up with this website, but we have lots of cool stuff in the works all the time! Check us out on Facebook and Instagram, which we keep much more up-to-date!
Also, if anybody out there is a wordpress ninja, we’d be down to discuss trading a redesign of this site for some dope custom drums… email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!