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Gifts for Drummers? Good Things Come in Small Packages!

Even the most organized gift-giver runs into problems during the holidays, right before a birthday or even before a wedding or other milestone that requires a present. Usually, that problem is forgetting to get a gift, or that need to have one more item to make the experience of giving just that much more incredible. Now, imagine you need one of those gifts for a drummer. A drummer who probably already has everything he or she wants, because picking drums and percussion instrument …
20th Nov 2021

When Should You Start Teaching Drums?

Being a drummer, percussionist or rhythmic artist has a lot of perks. You get to have the entire spotlight on your talent, be seen as the center of the band or the raging force in the drumming community. You are the greatest thing since music was first heard and your skills on that djembe, the congas or behind the drum set are unparalleled. Then, someone comes along and asks you to teach them how to be just like you.What do you do?If your first answer was something like, “no way you’re goi …
18th Feb 2015 Kristin Stancato

What’s the Best Instrument for All Ages? Shakers, of Course!

We don’t want to toot our own horns, but, we’re pretty smart when it comes to drums and percussion. We love the smiles and fun that a drum can bring into the mix and the unstoppable benefits of rhythm for the brain. We support music education for all ages (you’re never too old to groove!) and as advocates for drums and rhythm, we’re often asked what the best instrument is to tie it all together and make some noise, from preschool through the golden years.Well, drums, of course… djembes, bo …
6th Feb 2015 Kristin Stancato

Drum Buzz: The American Idol Cajon Player, Gina Venier

As drummers, we can find amazing rhythm in the most mundane of days. The beat runs deep in our souls, and just as amazing as it is to master a technique or develop our own passion for drumming, it is even more incredible to discover another drummer with the same fire in their eyes. American Idol isn’t known for showcasing the full range of musical talents of its contestants. The show began as a talent contest for vocalists, and in the years that it has been running, more instruments ha …
13th Jan 2015 Kristin Stancato

It's a Moon, it's a Crescent... it's a Fish? No, it's a Tambourine!

On any given spring day, you can hear the soft jingle of a local band of tambourine players as they glide through the meadows, ribbons trailing behind them, punctuating each step with joyful sounds. Well, ok, that doesn’t really happen so much anymore, but, it is a great visual for anyone who sees the tambourine as more than just an accent percussion instrument, but, a true instrument in its own right. Tambourines have been around since ancient times, where they were mostly seen in the …
26th Nov 2014 Kristin Stancato

The Crazy, Awesome Style and Sound of Remo Tambourines

As experts, we believe there are tambourines, and then there are Remo tambourines. Remo may be best known for the innovative materials used in their drum heads, originating from Mylar® first used in World War II. With the success from using Mylar® on drums and tambourines, Remo has continued to create new materials, coatings and finishes that make each drum head a wonder to behold. This attention to design is what makes Remo tambourines such a great investment for any musician, d …
28th Aug 2014 Kristin Stancato