National Music Museum Logo   National Music Museum  
Home  Collections
Virtual Tour
Calendar Gift Shop FAQ Site Index Maker Index

 

Annotated Checklist of Rod-Tension Snare Drums

Makers and Dealers

Barry Drum Manufacturing Company:  after 1919
Bower, Harry A.:  1918
Conn, C. G.:  1904-1915
Conn Ltd., C. G.:  1920 (2 drums)
Duplex Drum Manufacturing Company:  1900-1910; after 1901; 1910; 1915
Dyer & Brother, W. J.:  1915
Fischer, Carl:  1920
Geisler and Company, Eugene:  1925
Gretsch Drum Company:  1950-1960; 1950-1969
Harmony Company:  1910
Hoskins, A. M.:  1913
Jenkins' Sons Music Company, J. W.:  1905-1915 (2 drums); 1910; 1920; 1925
Johnston Co., D. S.:  1910
Jupiter Musical Instrument Company:  1990
K. H. S. Musical Instrument Co. Ltd.:  1990
Kent Drum Manufacturing Company:  1960
Leedy Manufacturing Company (See Checklist of Snare Drums by Leedy)
Liberty Musical Instrument Corporation:  1927
Ludwig Companies (See Checklist of Snare Drums by Ludwig Companies)
Lyon & Healy (See Checklist of Snare Drums by Lyon & Healy)
Mastro Drums:  1935
Pepper, J. W.:  1900, after 1910
Progressive Musical Instrument Corporation:  1920-1950
Richards Music Corporation:  1965 (2 drums)
Slingerland Drum Company (See Checklist of Snare Drums by Slingerland)
Sonor Drum Company:  1942
Stromberg, Charles:  1905
Thompson & Odell Music Co.:  1905
Way Drums Inc., George:  1957-1961 (2 drums)
Wilson Brothers Manufacturing Company:  1925
York:  1920



Checklist

(in chronological order)

NMM 10143. Snare drum by J. W. Pepper, Philadelphia, ca. 1900. Paper label inside drum shell: J. W. PEPPER / MANUFACTURER OF / DRUMS, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, MUSIC AND MUSICAL MERCHANDISE / EIGHTH AND LOCUST STREETS, PHILADELPHIA, PA. Stamped on strainer: PAT. 1.23.1900. Maple shell, rosewood veneer, natural finish, 203mm (7-7/8") x 415mm (16"). Separate (double) tension. Patented wire tension by A. G. Soistmann and J. W. Pepper (1892). Maple rims with mahogany veneer, nickel-plated decorative strip around center of outside. Shell-shaped snare adjuster stamped: PAT. 1.23.1900. William F. Ludwig II Collection, 2002.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 135-136.


NMM 9512. Snare drum by Duplex Drum Manufacturing Company, St. Louis, ca. 1900-1910. Stamped on brass badge: DUPLEX DRUM / MADE BY / THE DUPLEX MFG. CO. / DUPLEX TRADEMARK. Maple shell with rosewood veneer, 129mm (5-1/8") x 407mm (16-1/16"). Separate (double) tension. Twenty rods in center posts with metal sleeves attached to the rims. Flat maple rims with rosewood veneer. J-hook replacement strainer. Arne B. Larson Estate, 1989.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 133-135.


NMM 3031. Snare drum (shell only), U.S.A., ca. 1900-1950. Wood shell, 229mm (9") x 330mm (13-1/8"). Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 11861. Snare drum by Duplex Drum Manufacturing Company, St. Louis, after 1901. Written on brass badge (with black enamel background): DUPLEX DRUM / MADE BY / THE DUPLEX / MFG CO. Champion Duplex orchestra drum model. Steel shell with folded seam, edges bent around brass wire towards interior of drum, 127mm (5") x 457mm (16"). Separate (double) tension. 15 nickel-plated, center-post rods. Wood rims (counter hoops) with dark rosewood veneer. Thumb-screw trainer (no throw-off). Original, tooled-leather case. Gift of Paul and Jean Christian, St. Paul, Minnesota, 2006.


NMM 2996. Snare drum by C. G. Conn, Elkhart, Indiana, ca. 1904-1915. Stamped on shell: MADE BY / C. G. CONN / ELKHART IND. Perforated holes around shell circumference: C. G. CONN. Nickel-plated brass shell, ca. 146mm (5-1/2") x 374mm (14-3/4"). Separate (double) tension. Ten patented V-rods mounted in center posts. Wood rims painted black with decorative metal bands around edges. Snare adjuster for snares mounted underneath the batter head. Patented Wonder Snare Strainer throw-off controls snares on the snare head. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 137-139.


NMM 706. Single-headed snare drum, U.S.A., ca. 1905. Birdseye-maple shell, 87mm (3-1/2") x 369mm (14-1/2"). Nine, single-clasp, hook rods mounted in posts on shell. Maple rim painted black. Snare adjuster mounted upside down, inside the drum, with screw protruding through shell to adjust snares. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 13539  Snare drum by Charles Stromberg, Boston, ca. 1905.

NMM 13539. Snare drum by Charles Stromberg for Thompson & Odell Music Co., Boston, ca. 1905. Printed on paper label: THE CELEBRATED / ARTIST DRUM. / THOMPSON & ODELL MUSIC CO. [rubber-stamped in black ink] / THOMPSON & ODELL CO., [printed on label] / SUCCESSORS [rubber-stamped in black ink] / NO. 523 [number double struck and "749" written in faded black or brown ink above] WASHINGTON STREET, / BOSTON, MASS. / Wallace Spooner, 17 Province St., Boston. / CHARLES STROMBERG [rubber-stamped in faded black or brown ink]. Birdseye-maple-veneered, plain maple shell with natural finish, vent hole lined in dark-brown stained maple, 135-138mm (5-5/16"-5-7/16") x 366mm (14-3/16"). Single tension. Eleven nickel-plated iron rods with cast-iron, double-claw hooks to adjust tension. Maple rims stained orange-brown. Later, patented McIntosh throw-off strainer. Board of Trustees, 2007.


NMM 2754. Single-head snare drum probably sold by J. W. Jenkins' Sons Music Company, Kansas City, Missouri, ca. 1905-1915. Maple shell with maple veneer, 104mm (4") x 371mm (14-1/2"). Twelve, single-clasp rods mounted in posts on shell. Maple rim painted in imitation rosewood. Snare adjuster mounted upside down, inside the drum. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 4023. Single-headed snare drum possibly sold by J. W. Jenkins' Sons Music Company, Kansas City, ca. 1905-1915. Snares located on inside of drum below batter head. Maple shell with birdseye-maple veneer, 104mm (4") x 371mm (14-1/2"). Twelve, single-clasp rods mounted in center posts. Maple rims painted in imitation rosewood. Snare adjuster mounted upside down, inside the drum. Gift of Henry J. Zigler, Jr., Pierre, South Dakota, 1986.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 148-149.


NMM 2625. Snare drum attributed to Duplex Drum Manufacturing Company, St. Louis, ca. 1910. Distributed by J. W. Jenkins' Sons Music Company, Kansas City. Paper label inside drum: THIS DRUM / WAS BUILT ESPECIALLY FOR / J.[W.] JENKINS’ SONS MUSIC CO. / THE GREAT BAND INSTRUMENT HOUSE / OF KANSAS CITY, MO. Maple-ply shell with oak veneer, later painted dark green, 118mm (4-5/8") x 411mm (16"). Separate (double) tension. Original configuration: eighteen center-post lugs mounted to the shell; currently, eight thumb-rod screws. Maple rims with oak veneer painted green, each with eighteen filled holes that originally held rod mounts. Thumb-rod screw snare adjuster. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 151-153.


NMM 3027. Parade drum (shell only) by Harmony Company, Chicago, ca. 1910. Paper label inside drum: HARMONY DRUM / PATENTED JUNE 27TH 1905 / NOVEMBER 14TH 1905 / SOLD BY / D. S. JOHNSTON CO. Mahogany shell with decorative, inlaid, eight-pointed star around vent hole, 260mm (10-1/4") x 444mm (17-1/2"). Wood rims painted blue. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 154-155.


NMM 2875. Snare drum by J. W. Pepper, Philadelphia, after 1910. Partial paper label inside drum: J. W. PEPPE[R] / MANUFACTUR[ER] / DRUMS, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, M[ADE IN U.S.A.?] / THIRTY-THIRD AND WALNUT ST. Mahogany shell, 175mm (6-7/8") x ca. 406mm (16"). Separate (double) tension. Patented wire tension by A. G. Soistmann and J. W. Pepper (1892). Maple rims with mahogany veneer, nickel-plated, decorative strip around center of outside. Metal tension adjuster. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 155-157.


NMM 10144.  Snare drum by A. M. Hoskins, Minneapolis, ca. 1913.

NMM 10144. Snare drum by A. M. Hoskins, Minneapolis, ca. 1913. Oval, brass badge, brass lettering on black enamel, stamped: A. M. HOSKINS / DIFFERENTIAL TENSION RODS / PAT. NOV. 6, 1913 / MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. Mahogany shell with natural stain, no varnish, 145mm (6") x 360mm (14"). Separate (double) tension. Ten pairs of thumb-rod screws protrude through snare-head rim. The patented tension device allows the heads to be adjusted individually or together. Wood rims, each with five layers of different colored woods in concentric circles. Iron snare adjuster. William F. Ludwig II Collection, 2002.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 161-162.


NMM 2994. Snare drum (shell only) by Duplex Drum Manufacturing Company, St. Louis, ca. 1915. Sold by W. J. Dyer & Brother, St. Paul, Minnesota. Label inside shell: MANUFACTURED BY / W.J. DYER & BRO. / IMPORTERS AND MANUFACTURERS OF / Band Instruments and Supplies / 21-23 West Fifth St. ST. PAUL / 692 B. Stamped on side of strainer: DUPLEX M.F.G. CO / ST. LOUIS. Stamped on strainer arm: PAT. JUL 21[,] 14. Wood shell with natural finish, 102mm (4") x 406mm (16"). Flat wood rims (hoops). Standard Duplex strainer attached to batter rim. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 2987. Parade drum, U.S.A., ca. 1917. Painted on drum shell: 151 F. A. / MINN / 42nd DIV. Stamped inside shell: USQMC. Mahogany shell, 360mm (14-1/8") x 420mm (16-1/2"). Single tension. Eight, thumb-rod, screw lugs. Maple rims. Imitation Ludwig & Ludwig combination-model strainer. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 10817.  Snare drum by Harry A. Bower, Boston,  1918.

NMM 10817. Snare drum by Harry A. Bower, Boston, 1918. Paper label inside shell: The "BOWER" Drum / TRADEMARK / The "BOWER" DRUM is a / new creation. Invented and manufactured by the world's / authority on drums and / drumming, and the author / and publisher of the "Harry / A. BOWER SYSTEM." No. 379 [handwritten] / Harry A. Bower Boston, Mass. Leatheroid shell (composite material made from chemically treated cellulose) with walnut veneer, 314mm (12-3/8") x 150mm (5-3/4"). Single-tension with six rods. Each rod has hooks on both ends that pull directly on the heads. No rims, heads tucked over flesh hoops (metal) and placed directly on drum. Strainer (patented Aug. 14, 1917) has long bar running the length of the snares, pressing the snares against the head. Two throw-off mechanisms—one on each side—release the snares. Gift of Anita Smisek, Sinsinawa, Wisconsin, 2005.


NMM 3015. Snare drum by Barry Drum Manufacturing Company, Philadelphia, after 1919. Stamped on strainer: BARRY / PAT APD. Aluminum shell with nine vent holes, 62mm (2-1/2") 325mm (12-3/4"). Separate (double) tension. Twelve tube lugs with center posts. Flat metal hoops. Patented Barry throw-off strainer. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 180-182.


NMM 225. Parade drum (shell only) attributed to Carl Fischer, New York, ca. 1920. Maple shell with birdseye-maple veneer and fancy eagle decoration, 150mm (9-7/8") x 393mm (15-1/2"). Maple rims with scroll decoration painted in black. Thumb-rod-screw snare adjuster extends above batter rim. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 197-198.


NMM 2300. Snare drum by York, Grand Rapids, Michigan, ca. 1920. Paper label inside shell: YORK / GRAND RAPIDS / MICHIGAN, / U.S.A. Birdseye-maple shell, 140mm (5-1/2") x 399mm (15-3/4"). Single tension. Fourteen thumb-rod screw lugs. Flat maple rims painted black, decorative metal strip around center of outside. Snare adjuster. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 193-194.


NMM 2498. Snare drum by C. G. Conn Ltd., Elkhart, ca. 1920. Oval, tin badge: C.G. CONN Ltd. / BAND / INSTRUMENTS / WORLD'S LARGEST MANUFACTURERS / ELKHART, INDIANA., U.S.A. Maple shell, 225mm (8-7/8") x 347mm (13-5/8"). Single tension. Nine thumb-rod screw lugs. Maple rims. Military style snare adjuster. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 176-177.


NMM 2970. Snare drum (shell only) by C. G. Conn Ltd., Elkhart, ca. 1920. Stamped on oval, tin badge: MADE BY / C. G. Conn LTD. / ELKHART IND. / U. S. A. / 12334. Mahogany shell, 131mm (5-1/4") x 371mm (14-1/2"). Maple rims. Throw-off strainer. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 175-176.


NMM 2984. Snare drum (shell only) sold by J. W. Jenkins' Sons, Kansas City, Missouri, ca. 1920. Partial label inside drum: [TH]IS DRUM / [W]as Built Especially for / [J]ENKINS' SONS MUSIC COMPANY/ [Gr]eat Band Instrument House / Kansas City, Missouri. Nickel-plated brass shell, 149mm (5-7/8") x 381mm (15"). Wood rims painted gray. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.

Lit.:  Jayson Dobney, Innovations in American Snare Drums 1850-1920, M.M. Thesis (Vermillion: University of South Dakota, 2003), pp. 198-199.


NMM 10449. Parade drum by Progressive Musical Instrument Corporation, New York, ca. 1920-1950. Stamped on brass, oval badge: MAJOR / P'MICO, N. Y. Major model. Mahogany shell, 321mm (12-5/8") x 402mm (16"). Ten center- post lugs. Maple rims. Arne B. Larson Estate, 1989.


NMM 808. Snare drum by Eugene Geisler and Co., Chicago, ca. 1925. Rectangular brass badge stamped in two tones (brass writing on silver ground): EUGENE GEISLER / & Co. / CHICAGO / U.S.A./ PATS. PEND. Cast metal shell, 115mm (4-1/2") x 355mm (14"). Separate (double) tension. Ten, hexagonal-top rods with clasps that grab metal ledge of shell. Double-flanged metal hoops with lower lip. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 2973. Snare drum by Wilson Brothers Manufacturing Company, Chicago, ca. 1925. Paper label inside shell: Manufactured by / Wilson Bros. Mfg. Co. / Wilson / Drums / 218-22 N. MAY ST. CHICAGO, ILL. / "USED THE WORLD OVER." Wood shell with mahogany veneer, 82mm (3-1/4") x 330mm (13"). Maple rims. Throw-off strainer. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 2988. Snare drum (shell only), U.S.A., ca. 1925. One-piece brass shell, 173mm (6-3/4") x 402mm (15-3/4"). Wood rims painted in imitation rosewood. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 3001. Parade drum, U.S.A., ca. 1925. Maple shell, 290mm (11-3/8") x 402mm (15-7/8"). Single tension. Fourteen thumb-rod screw lugs. Maple rims (hoops). Military style strainer. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 3009. Snare drum, U.S.A., ca. 1925. Maple shell, 126mm (4-3/4") x 364mm (14-1/4"). Single tension. Seven thumb-rod screws with clips. Flat, nickel-plated steel rims (hoops). Strainer similar to Leedy Utility model strainer. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 3029. Snare drum (shell only), unsigned, ca. 1925. Maple shell, 122mm (5") x 350mm (14"). Wood rims. Throw-off strainer. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 3682. Snare drum possibly distributed by J. W. Jenkins' Sons Music Company, Kansas City, ca. 1925. Partial label inside drum: [D]RUM / for / [?]NS MUSIC / COMPANY. Walnut shell, 118mm (4-5/8") x 373mm (14-5/8"). Single tension. Seven thumb-rod screw lugs. Maple rims. Military style strainer. Gift of Phil Palmer, Auburn, Nebraska, 1985.


NMM 10450. Snare drum, U.S.A., ca. 1925. Wood shell, 108mm (4-1/4") x 346mm (13-3/8"). Single tension. Eight thumb-rod screw lugs. Maple rims. Imitation Ludwig & Ludwig combination model strainer. Arne B. Larson Estate, 1989.


NMM 967. Snare drum by Liberty Musical Instrument Corporation, Chicago, ca. 1927 (or earlier). Diamond-shaped, black badge stamped: LIBERTY MUSICAL / CHICAGO ILL. U.S.A. / INSTRUMENT CORPORATION. One-piece metal shell, 152mm (6") x 387mm (15-1/4"). Separate (double) tension. Eight tube lugs. Double-flanged metal rims (hoops). Throw-off strainer. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 3004. Parade drum, U.S.A., ca. 1930-1955. Stamped on brass badge: CHAMPION. Wood shell, 350mm (13-7/8") x 397mm (15-5/8"). Single tension. Eight rods mounted in large center lugs, each with double, claw-hooks grasping each rim. Flat wood rims. Metal tension adjuster. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 2535c. Parade drum, U.S.A. ca. 1935. Wood shell painted with three stripes of red, white and blue, 290mm (11-3/8") x 373mm (14-5/8"). Single tension. Six thumb-rod screw lugs with single claw-hooks. Wood rims painted blue. Military-style snare adjuster. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 2535d. Parade drum, U.S.A. ca. 1935. Wood shell painted with three stripes of red, white and blue, 292mm (11-1/2") x 374mm (14-3/4"). Single tension. Six thumb-rod screw lugs with single claw-hooks. Wood rims painted blue. Military-style snare adjuster. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 2999. Toy drum by Mastro Drums, U.S.A., ca. 1935. Oval, gold, plastic badge: MASTRO / DRUMS. Two-part, red, plastic, opaque shell, 160mm (6-3/8") x 328mm (12-7/8"). Separate tension. Ten large, plastic, shell-mounted lugs. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 232. Parade drum, U.S.A., February 1936. Stamped inside shell: 3602. Mahogany shell, 256mm (10") x 364mm (14-1/4"). Ten center-post lugs. Maple rims (hoops). Military-style snare adjuster. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 2980. Snare drum, U.S.A., ca. 1940. Mahogany shell decorated with silver and gray shelf paper (not original, 270mm (10-5/8") x 395mm (15-1/2"). Single tension. Eight thumb-rod, screw rods with single clasp-hooks. Wood rims painted silver. Snare adjuster. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 407. Prussian drum by Sonor Drum Company, Weissenfels an der Saale, Germany, 1942. Stamped below vent hole: Johs. Link / Weissenfels / 1942 / 88. Aluminum shell, 167mm (6-1/2") x 369mm (14-1/2"). Single tension. Six metal rod-screws mounted in eyelets on rims. Single. flanged-iron rims spray-painted with a black-and-cream triangular pattern. J-hook strainer. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 243. Parade drum by Gretsch Drum Company, New York, ca. 1950-1960. White text stamped on brown background, on brass badge: GRETSCH / AMERICAN / - U. S. A. American model. Maple shell with walnut veneer, stamped on the inside: GRETSCH / [?signature?] / MAY 19 195[?]; 253mm (10") x 356mm (13-7/8"). Single tension. Six double, claw-hook lugs. Three-ply maple rims (hoops). Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 3019. Parade drum by Gretsch Drum Company, New York, ca. 1950-1969. Stamped on round, brass badge: GRETSCH / DRUM MAKERS / SINCE 1883. Renown Senior Single-Tension Parade Drum, Model No. PX4531. Mahogany shell, 305mm (12") x 370mm (14-1/2"). Single tension. Seven double-clasp lugs with center posts. Flat maple rims (hoops). Gretsch Renown Standard Throw-off strainer. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 3021. Snare drum by George Way Drums Inc., Elkhart, ca. 1957–1961. Stamped on wing-shaped, black-and-gold, brass badge: GEO WAY DRUMS INC. / ELKHART, INDIANA. Walnut shell, 189mm (7-3/8") x 368mm (14-1/2"). Separate (double) tension. Six tuxedo lugs. Triple-flanged, metal hoops. Snare adjuster stamped: GEO. WAY DRUMS, INC. / ELKHART INDIANA. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 3022. Snare drum by George Way Drums Inc., Elkhart, ca. 1957-1961. Stamped on wing-shaped, black-and-gold, brass badge: GEO WAY DRUMS INC. / ELKHART, INDIANA. Walnut shell, 166mm (7") x 352mm (14"). Separate (double) tension. Six tuxedo lugs. Triple-flanged, metal hoops. Snare adjuster stamped: GEO. WAY DRUMS, INC. / ELKHART INDIANA. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 1088. Snare drum by Kent Drum Manufacturing Company, New York, ca. 1960. Stamped on circular brass badge: KENT / KENMORE 17, N. Y. Maple shell with blue-sparkle, pearl decoration, 153mm (6") x 368mm (14-1/2"). Separate (double) tension. Six metal lugs. Triple-flanged metal hoops. Replacement strainer with no throw-off. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 2623. Parade drum by Richards Music Corporation, Elkhart, ca. 1965. Stamped on the shell: R M C / FLAT / JACKS / KESTER DESIGN. DU-12 Flat/Jacks Marching Snare Drum Model. Steel shell with chrome plating, designed and patented by Ralph C. Kester, Jr. ( 1965), 70mm (2-3/4") x 427mm (16-3/4") batter-head diameter. Snare head, 370mm (14-1/2"), and all hardware mounted inside snare head and shell. Separate (double) tension. Eight pairs of metal lugs. Metal hoops. Throw-off snare strainer mounted inside shell with arm extending out bottom allowing player to turn snares off and on. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 2624. Parade drum by Richards Music Corporation, Elkhart, ca. 1965. Stamped on the shell: R M C / FLAT / JACKS / KESTER DESIGN. DU-12 Flat/Jacks Marching Snare Drum Model. Steel shell with chrome plating, designed and patented by Ralph C. Kester, Jr. (1965), 70mm (2-3/4") x 427mm (16-3/4") batter-head diameter. Snare head, 370mm (14-1/2"), and all hardware mounted inside snare head and shell. Separate (double) tension. Eight pairs of metal lugs. Metal hoops. Throw-off snare strainer mounted inside shell with arm extending out bottom allowing player to turn snares off and on. Arne B. Larson Collection, 1979.


NMM 10300. Parade drum by K. H. S. Musical Instrument Co. Ltd., Taipei, Taiwan, ca. 1990. Distributed by Jupiter Musical Instrument Co., Austin, Texas. Painted on brass badge: JUPITER / SER. NO. 100719 / MADE IN TAIWAN REPUBLIC OF CHINA. Seven-ply, wood shell decorated with white lacquer, 328mm (13-1/4") x 401mm (16-1/4"). Separate (double) tension. Ten high-tension lugs. Triple-flanged metal hoops. Slap-shot strainer. Gift of Delwin and Beverly K. Kruschke, Sierra Vista, Arizona, 2003.

National Music Museum
The University of South Dakota
414 East Clark Street
Vermillion, SD   57069

©National Music Museum, 2007-2015
Most recent update:   May 2, 2015

The University of South Dakota
Return to Top of Page