We are excited to announce The Battalion has forged a strategic partnership with D'Addario to endorse and use ProMark drumsticks and mallets, as well as Evans drum heads.
"Some of the best marching percussion sections in the world play on Evans and ProMark, and we're excited to join the family," said Dallin Hatch, executive director of The Battalion. "D'Addario has shown a commitment to developing the world's best sticks, mallets, and drum heads, and to do it in an environmentally responsible way. We couldn't be more excited about the playing experience our members are going to have, and the sound qualty the our audiences will enjoy."
The ProMark company was founded in 1957 by Herb Brochstein, a professional drummer and drum shop owner. ProMark has always been a family business and so continues with the 2011 purchase by D’Addario & Company from Herb’s son Maury.
The offices and factory remain in Houston, Texas; manufacturing hickory, maple and Japanese Shira Kashi™ Oak (ProMark was the first American drumstick company to successfully market sustainable Japanese Oak) drumsticks in its modern 90,000 square foot facility.
ProMark uses only un-endangered wood in the manufacturing of its sticks and mallets. The harvesting of hardwoods is carefully controlled, with replenishment of the forest as one of ProMark's top concerns.
Prior to becoming drumsticks, the wood goes through a multitude of selection and pre-finishing processes at ProMark's own mill in the mid-south, followed by rigorous inspections throughout the manufacturing process.The Houston manufacturing team works with the state-of-the-art machinery to produce the drumsticks, keyboard and timpani mallets that are designed tested and used by top performers, educators, students and enthusiasts throughout the world.
ProMark has been the brand of choice for renowned artists as Neil Peart, the late Elvin Jones, Ringo Starr, Phil Collins, Mike Portnoy, 9-time DCI champion Concord Blue Devils, and many more.
Evans has been in the music industry for more than 40 years and invented the synthetic (or plastic, or polyester) drumhead in 1956. Since acquiring Evans from owner Bob Beals in 1995, D'Addario & Company, Inc., has moved the company from Dodge City, KS, to its state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in Farmingdale, NY. Tremendous efforts and unprecedented breakthroughs have been made in improving Chick's invention.
Evans continues to invest heavily in its facilities, ensuring that its equipment is not simply industry standard but ahead of it. With machinery designed and built in-house by a staff of highly trained engineers, overseen by company President Jim D'Addario, they have raised the bar on drumhead quality and consistency.
Today, renowned marching percussion sections such as the Blue Devils, Bluecoats, Rhythm X, RCC, and many more depend on Evans drumheads.