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Mapex Introduces New Colors in the Armory Series

Mt Juliet, TN - January, 2018

Mapex is pleased to present two new color upgrades in the Armory drum series.

Using beautiful Olive Exotic veneers, Mapex is releasing the colors Desert Dune and Black Dawn. These new finishes are being applied to the best selling Armory Series Hybrid shell which is constructed of Birch/Maple/Birch, in a 6-ply, 7.2MM thickness. 

Mapex Adds a New Edge with Their New STORM Series Drum Kits with Hardware

Mt. Juliet, TN - January, 2016 | Hardware | Storm

The Mapex Drum Company continues to give younger players in search of a no-nonsense approach to tuning and playing a new ready to play drum set; The Storm series. This new upper entry set not only simplifies the process of getting a great sound but it adds an entirely new style of drum finishes and hardware options.

Mapex Mars Series Kit

Adam Jones (Rhythm) - March, 2015 | Mars | SONIClear

Mapex launched its Mars and Armoury series together at NAMM 2014, in the process introducing the company's SONIClear bearing edge to the drumming world. Though Mars has been used as a series name by Mapex previously, it stresses that the new drums bear no resemblance to the former range.

"Mapex employs an electro-plating process to coat the hardware which it claims is significantly more durable than powder coating"

Mapex and Legendary Artists Create New Sounds for Black Panther Snare Drums

TAIWAN - January, 2015

The Mapex Drum Company teamed up with three of their legendary artists to create new  Black Panther snare drums that reflect each artists unique personality and signature sound.

The Warbird this is a 12” x 5 1/2” 6 Ply Maple / Walnut Shell with Black Plated hardware, custom engraved and has a MSRP of 649.00. The Wraith is a 14” x 6” 1.2mm Brass Shell, Chrome hardware, satin black finish and has an MSRP of 789.00. The Versatus is a 14” x 4 5/8” hybrid Mahogany / Maple Shell with Black Plated hardware and a Transparent Cherry over figured maple wood. All three drums come with a personally signed Artist picture booklet.

Play More And Tune Less With The New Mapex SONIClearâ„¢

Mt. Juliet, TN - January, 2014 | Armory | Mars | SONIClear

The Mapex Drum Company set out to solve one of the biggest headaches of being a drummer; the frustrations of tuning your drums. Mapex wants drummers to spend less time tuning and be able to play more. The result of that mission is the latest innovation from Mapex: The SONIClear™ bearing edge.

The Mapex Drum Company Unleashes a New Arsenal of Armory Snare Drums

Mt. Juliet, TN - January, 2014 | Armory | Snare Drums

The Mapex Drum Company has introduced "The Armory" series of snare drums. The five specially crafted snare drums include pro-level features, such as 2.3mm Powerhoops, unique tube lugs, piston-action strainers, and Black Panther snare wires with brass end-plates and stainless steel music wire coils. Additionally, the three wood-shell models include Mapex's new SONIClear™ Bearing Edge, enabling easier tuning, a powerful and focused tone, and enhanced shell-vibration.

The Mapex Drum Company Wins "Best In Show" Award at Summer NAMM

Nashville, TN - July, 2013 | NAMM

A panel of MI Retail experts gathered during the "Best in Show" discussion hosted by Music Inc. Magazine during the Summer NAMM show. Mapex was awarded with the "Company to Watch" award for providing trendsetting products and services. "Once again, Mapex is very proud to be the recipient of the NAMM Best in Show - Companies to Watch award." states Mike Robinson.

Forks Drum Closet & Mapex Drums Support Musician's Corner in Nashville

Mt. Juliet, TN - June, 2013 | Events

Fork's Drum Closet & Mapex Drums teamed up to support the Musician's Corner Music Festival in Nashville, Tn. Since 2010 this Festival has created a global music landmark and community gathering space in Centennial Park where musical performers can illustrate the diversity, passion, and fellowship associated with Music City.

SxSW 2013

Austin, TX - March, 2013

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Mapex Announces New Additions to Black Panther Line

Mt. Juliet, TN - February, 2013 | Black Panther | Black Widow | Nomad

The Mapex Drum Company announced two new additions to their flagship Black Panther series. The Black Panther Nomad Snare, and the Black Panther - Black Widow Kit. Black Panther Nomad Snare Drum: Drummers worldwide know the quality and tone of the Mapex Black Panther series of snare drums and drum kits, and the Nomad is aimed to satisfy the appetite of players and collectors around the globe. The Nomad snare was developed by the Mapex team in conjunction with legendary artist Will Calhoun.

Mapex Welcomes Russ Miller to their Family of Artists

Mt. Juliet, TN - January, 2013 | Artists | Russ Miller

Russ Miller is internationally known as one of the top drummers of today. As a Multi-Platinum recording artist, he has played on multiple Grammy award winning recordings with combined sales of over 26 million copies. His musical versatility has led him to work with an incredible list of over 50 international artists from legends like Ray Charles, The Fifth Dimension, Natalie Cole, Tina Turner & Bobby Caldwell through modern stars, Nelly Furtado, The Psychedelic Furs, Hilary Duff, Steve Perry, Andrea Bocelli, Daniel Bedingfield and Meredith Brooks.

Mapex Announces New Falcon Hardware

Mt. Juliet, TN - January, 2013 | Falcon | Hardware

The Mapex Drum Company has announced their updated Falcon series hardware by introducing several new models that are due to land in stores in April of 2013. All Falcon models offer players extreme adjustability, supreme playability and touring level durability that players can depend on night after night.

The 2011 Velvetone Clinic Tour Comes Your Way Starting in October

Mt. Juliet, TN - September, 2011 | Clinics

The 2011 Black Panther Velvetone Tour is stopping at a Mapex Elite Drum dealer near you. Featuring Derico Watson, Chris Penne, and Will Calhoun, this tour will personally introduce you to the Black Panther experience described only as "Velvetone".
Check out the dates!

Mapex Drums Announces Eleven City Drum Clinic Tour with Chris Adler

Nashville, TN - January, 2011 | Chris Adler | Clinics

Mapex Drums is pleased to announce the upcoming Chris Adler clinic tour, "A Throne with a View" which will take him through the country this winter, beginning February 28th and ending on March 16th, 2011. Adler appeared at the prestigious Modern Drummer Festival in 2005 and performed a "Battle" clinic tour with his brother Willie Adler across Europe in 2008. "A Throne with a View" will be his first and only U.S. clinic tour in 2011.

Mapex Drums Sponsors Big Beat 2010

Houston, TX - October, 2010 | Big Beat | Events

Mapex Drums is proud to be the returning sponsor for the 2010 edition of The Big Beat on Sunday, November 7th, 2010. Known as the world?s largest multi-city drum set event, this year?s Big Beat will feature fifteen Five Star Drum Shops participating to raise money for worthwhile causes. The 2009 event brought in over 1200 drummers and 3500 spectators, with the final tally for charity reaching over $62,000.

Tomorrow's Drummers Play Mapex Today

Austin, TX - August, 2010

Mapex is proud to announce the addition of four new outstanding drummers to the Mapex Drums Artist roster. These up-and-comers are burning up the music scene in the Rock, Jazz, R&B and Metal genres.

Without further ado, we introduce to you Matt Halpern, Lee Pearson, Matt Johnson and Damien Schmitt.

Tony Pia and Mapex - On Tour with The Doobie Brothers

Austin, TX - July, 2010 | On Tour | Tony Pia

Drummer and Mapex artist Tony Pia is now touring with classic rockers The Doobie Brothers for their current U.S. tour running through November. Tony will also be appearing on the band’s upcoming European Tour alongside ZZ Top.

Tony was originally introduced to Mapex drums by friend and fellow Mapex artist Gregg Bissonette, who is currently on the road with Ringo Starr and his All-Star band. Pia uses a Mapex Saturn Series kit along with the Falcon Double Pedal.

Talking Terl

Austin, TX - July, 2010 | Artists | Terl Bryant

We recently caught up with UK drummer and percussionist Terl Bryant who was out in New Mexico recording at Albuquerque’s Studio150. Terl was tracking for producer Ken Riley which included work on a piece with hip hop legends Public Enemy that is short-listed for use in a new Hollywood movie blockbuster. Riley liked the Mapex sound enough to order his own Saturn series kit at Terl’s spec for ongoing use at the studio.

Coheed and Cambria Announce U.S. Summer Tour

Austin, TX - June, 2010 | On Tour

Fresh off a run of 27 sold-out US dates out of 27 tries, New York's indie-prog-metal-storytellers, Coheed and Cambria, announce their newest leg of dates, this time with legendary British prog-rock-masters Porcupine Tree.

The band's drummer, Mapex artist Chris Pennie will be performing on his 6-piece Saturn Series kit. Chris will also be using a Falcon Double Pedal and the all-new Sledgehammer Black Panther snare drum.