Welcome to DrumBrands.com the website dedicated to providing a comprehensive list of both past and present drum and cymbal brands.  This includes pre-packaged drum sets or kits as well as concert and marching percussion drum manufacturers, distributors and individual hand makers of drums, cymbals, hardware, heads and drumsticks.


Along with a list of all drum brands, with a brief overview for each, DrumBrands.com also aims to add reviews of both overall brands and specific manufacturer products.  As new drums, cymbals and drum related products are released they will be added to the site, so be sure to check back often.

Also be sure to check out the lists on this site of the best and top drum brands, kits, snares, heads and other major drum products.  Good, popular and famous products will also be reviewed and documented on this site.


Drum Definition From Wikipedia

“The drum is a member of the percussion group of musical instruments, which is technically classified as the membranophones.  Drums consist of at least one membrane, called a drumhead or drum skin, that is stretched over a shell and struck, either directly with the player’s hands, or with a drum stick, to produce sound. There is usually a “resonance head” on the underside of the drum, these are usually tuned to a slightly lower pitch than the top drumhead. Other techniques have been used to cause drums to make sound, such as the thumb roll. Drums are the world’s oldest and most ubiquitous musical instruments, and the basic design has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years.”


History of The Drum

Drums have a rich history as a means of communication.  This is evident as far back in 2500 years ago in Sri Lanka where talking drums where used with different pitches to imitate spoken language.  Because of the projection capacity they could be used to communicate further than the human voice.  For thousands of years drums have also been used in military applications to communicate over the sound of battle.

This is evident as far back as 684BC to the war between Qi and Lu.  Drums were also used to inspire troops and set marching cadence.   It is also common both in the past and today, for drums to be used in ceremonies of both religious and secular context.

The Modern Drum Set

Until the late 1800’s, Drums played for entertainment purposes, required different individuals for each drum, cymbal and percussion element.  Originally large bass bands would only play outside for parades, fairs and other large town-sized events.

As marching and big band performances moved indoors, space restrictions drove the requirement for a smaller band and subsequently drummers began to play more than one drum.  Once the drum pedal was invented it allowed for one drummer to play all percussion pieces including cymbals.  The modern drum set was rocketed forward when in 1909 William F. Ludwig invented the first spring driven bass drum pedal and modernized the drum kit.  Many drum historians consider this to be the true point when the modern drum set was born.


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