Mapex News

Scorching and Crisp! Mapex Releases 2 New Black Panther Snare Drums

Mt. Juliet, TN - June, 2023 | Black Panther | Snare Drums

Mapex Drums expands the sonic pallet of the Black Panther lineup to appeal to drummers across multiple genres with the all-new Scorpion and Goblin snare drums. The Black Panther Series has now grown to include 16 different wood and metal options in deep, standard, and small diameter models offering a range of bright, dark, dry, or vintage tones through the meticulous Concept Hybrid approach to drum design.

Mapex Updates, Upgrades and Fully Re-tools Their MPX Series Snare Drums

Mt. Juliet, TN - January, 2023 | MPX | Snare Drums

Mapex is starting the new year strong with the exciting launch of the updated and upgraded MPX Snare Drum Series perfect for any drummer from beginner to seasoned pro. Expanding to an impressive 18 models, the snares include new high-quality features designed to improve the sound and function while preserving the built-in value for which Mapex is known.

MAPEX MARS REIMAGINED with NEW All-Maple and Timeless Birch Options

Mt. Juliet TN, USA - October, 2022 | Mars Birch | Mars Maple

Mapex is excited to introduce a “Pocket-Friendly Sonic Classic” for those seeking the timeless, warm, and smooth sound of a classic 100% Maple shell and invites you to “Be The Spark” with exciting new finishes for those who prefer the tonal balance and controlled punch of 100% birch shells.

Mapex Mars Maple and Mars Birch continue to build on the storied Mars series legacy, long heralded as a benchmark for tone, quality, and value as a mid-range offering.

Aquiles Priester 40th Anniversary Fall US Tour

Mt. Juliet, TN - September, 2022 | Artists

June 6, 2022 marked the 40th Anniversary of one of the most infamous, notorious, controversial Heavy Metal Bands in the World…W.A.S.P.

Mapex artist Aquiles Priester will be performing with W.A.S.P. as part of their 40th Anniversary 2022 World Tour. Catch them in the U.S. between October 29 through December 11, 2022. 

KHSA Partners with The Academy and Pacific Crest to Inspire Band Students

Mt. Juliet, TN - August, 2022 | Education | KHS America Academic Alliance | Marching

The KHS America Academic Alliance recently teamed up with two of their long-standing Drum Corps International partner ensembles to provide tickets for band students to attend DCI competitions in order to aid in school band program recruitment and retention. The Academic Alliance and its affiliated brands; Jupiter Winds, XO Brass, Mapex Drums and Majestic Percussion, supported this year’s Drums Across the Desert, hosted by The Academy Drum and Bugle Corps, as Presenting Sponsor and Drum Corps at the Rose Bowl, hosted by Pacific Crest as an Outreach Program Sponsor and Resource Partner.

Mapex Partners with to Draw Students to Music Education

Mt. Juliet, TN - August, 2022

Music educator Bob Habersat’s embraces the Modern Band concept as a school-based music program. Utilizing popular music as its central canon, the site teaches students to perform, compose and improvise the music they know and love. Mapex salutes this endeavor and has joined forces to support and spread this modern band concept further through traditional music education circles, while providing a pathway to high quality and affordable drum set products for young drummers and rhythm sections.

Mapex Drums Announces Promotion to Accompany Drums on Demand Program

Mt. Juliet, TN - June, 2022

Mapex Marching’s Drums on Demand program is creating an exciting new way to circumvent excessive lead times by offering drums in eight new premium wrap finishes including Blue Ripple, Red Ripple, Purple Ripple, Burgundy Ripple, Navy Ripple, Natural Shale, Dark Shale, and Platinum Shale.

June 1, 2022 marked the beginning of a brand new promotion to accompany Drums on Demand that will last until September, 30, 2022. The promotion includes FREE Mapex Drum Covers with the purchase of at least five Mapex Quantum Series Battery Percussion instruments in any of the eight different finishes. These stylish Mapex covers keep drums protected from the elements and looking great for years to come!

Mapex Launches All-New 800 Series Thrones

Mt. Juliet, TN - April, 2022 | Hardware

Mapex is proud to support grooves everywhere with the introduction of the all-new 800 series thrones. Six new models for 2022 bring solid no-nonsense features for true reliability and unquestionable support.

Mapex Saturn Gets Two New Fades For 2022

Mt. Juliet, TN - April, 2022 | Saturn

For many enthusiasts, Saturn is also known for its visual appeal, which is taken to another level in 2022 with the introduction of two new stunning lacquer fade finishes. The Aqua Blue Fade features a clear natural finish transitioning to a watery aqua blue evoking relaxing visions of the intersection of ocean waves and near white sand on a tropical beach. The striking Sulphur Fade features a warm golden glow emerging triumphantly from dark earthtone black.

Mapex Launches The All-New Venus Series Complete Drum Kit

Mt. Juliet, TN - April, 2022 | Drummer For Life | Venus

The all-new Mapex Venus Series complete drum kit presents an all-inclusive setup for the first-time player ready to start the “Drummer for Life” adventure. As a global drum company with a 30 plus year reputation for manufacturing excellence and a dedication to the entry-level product space, the development and re-launch of the Venus series is a commitment to producing exactly what drummers need to succeed. The kit includes a 5-piece shell pack complete with matching snare drum outfitted with a complete set of stands and pedals, cymbals, a drummer’s throne and even a first pair of drumsticks.

Mapex Drums Unveils the "Why Mapex" Campaign and Sweepstakes

Mt. Juliet, TN - February, 2022

Mapex Drums announces “Why Mapex,” a year-long campaign honoring their four key pillars, Performers, Educators, Neighbors, and Retailers all who serve a vital role in the drumming ecosystem. Mapex attributes 30 years of success to these pillars and will celebrate them through various events and exciting sweepstakes. Each quarter in 2022, Mapex will focus on initiatives celebrating one of these aspects of the industry and will give away one of four Black Panther Series snare drums to represent the “Why Mapex” spirit.

Mapex Drums Unveils Uplift Campaign

Mt. Juliet, TN - August, 2021

Mapex Drums, in partnership with our artist roster, is proud to announce the launch of the Uplift campaign, creating a platform for Mapex drummers to host fun and educational drumming events in their own communities. Uplift gives Mapex Artists a chance to change lives through drumming in their own home neighborhoods, churches, community centers, and schools.

Mapex Launches All Access Virtual Events

Mt. Juliet, TN - April, 2021 | All Access | Dealer Events

The successful Mapex All Access series of drummer interviews hosted by Drumming’s Global Ambassador Dom Famularo extends now into producing individual virtual events tailored to reach each of our partner’s core local and regional audience. Connection is vital in our industry, connection with each other as a team, connection with business partners, and connection with our customers, fans, and brand advocates. Put more simply, Mapex is blazing into today’s market with a renewed commitment to connect drums with drummers despite the widespread challenges facing them. 

Mapex Celebrates Ralph Peterson Jr.

Mt. Juliet, TN - March, 2021

The drumming community has lost a titan, the Jazz community has lost a fearless warrior and Mapex has lost the longest running artist endorser in the history of the brand. For more than 35 years, Ralph Peterson Jr. has been one of the most distinctive and recognizable drummers in in modern jazz drumming performing as a Mapex artist for almost 30 of those 35 years. He possessed an incomparable talent behind the drum kit, which led to collaborations with the likes of Terence Blanchard, Branford Marsalis, David Murray, Roy Hargrove, Michael Brecker, Regina Belle, Betty Carter, Ron Carter, and The Roots – not to mention being hand-picked by Art Blakey as the second drummer in the legendary bandleader’s Jazz Messenger Big Band until Blakey’s 1990 passing.

KHS America Re-Launches Free Webinar Series for Educators

Mt. Juliet, TN - February, 2021 | Artists | Clinics | Education | Events | KHS America

In an effort to continually provide useful free resources for band directors, KHS America has been working diligently to build upon their Virtual Education Series that was launched last spring. This new season of the series will focus on relevant topics and offer stimulating interaction with top experts. Free and easy access will allow band directors around the world convenient ways to participate, including the opportunity to receive a Professional Development Certificate for each session they attend live.

Mapex Marching 2021 Free Drum Cover Promotion

Mt. Juliet, TN - February, 2021 | Promotions | Quantum Marching

Mapex Quantum Series Battery Purchases in Standard finishes Black (DK), White (SW), & Diamond Dazzle (CK) with Gloss Chrome hardware to INCLUDE FREE Mapex Drum Covers. These rugged yet stylish covers keep your drums protected from the elements and looking great for years to come!

Mapex Releases Two Stunning New Armory Looks For 2021

Mt. Juliet, TN - January, 2021

Mapex Armory series keeps getting better and better with the addition of 2 new stunning finishes to the existing lineup. The Birch/Maple/Birch Hybrid shells are appointed with a beautiful outer veneer of Olivewood setting the stage perfectly for bursting lacquer finishes evoking celestial, haunting tones of the Night Sky and the lush multicolor panorama of the Rainforest.

The KHS America Academic Alliance Announces Sweepstakes Winner

Mt. Juliet, TN - June, 2020 | Education | KHS America | Marching | Quantum

Drum roll, please… Congratulations to Eden Prairie High School of Eden Prairie, Minnesota, for winning the Academic Alliance Quantum Mark II Sweepstakes. Over 600 Academic Alliance member schools participated in the sweepstakes that ran from June 2019 to May 2020. As the winner, Eden Prairie High School, an Academic Alliance member since 2019, will be the recipient of 5 snares, 3 tenors, and 5 bass drums to be sized, configured, and finished to their requests.

Ignite Your Passion At Home

Mt. Juliet, TN - May, 2020 | Artists | community | Events | Marching

With the cancellation of WGI, DCI and the fall marching band season in question, our community of passionate fans, participants and sponsors are feeling the void by being unable to witness and participate in these amazing performances. This can create barriers for players at all skill levels from having access to playing on marching instruments. We at Mapex are excited to expand the Stay at Home, Learn at Home, Play at Home campaign to marching percussionists.

Mapex and Majestic Launch New Campaign with a New Focus: Stay at Home, Learn at Home, Play at Home

Mt. Juliet, TN - April, 2020 | Artists | community | Education

In this rapidly changing, extremely challenging time in our market and society, Mapex Drums and Majestic Percussion are responding to drummers and percussionists who are now spending the bulk of their time at home. Touring players off the road, students home from school, weekend warriors without gigs, or hobbyists who just want to drum. We have something for all drummers regardless of skill level, professional status, or budget to fill your drumming needs and desires right in your own home.

KHS America and IMES Team to Bring Music Education Home

Mt. Juliet, TN - March, 2020 | Clinics | community | Education | Events

Jupiter Winds, Mapex Drums, and Majestic Percussion are pleased to announce The Virtual Education Series for students and music teachers throughout the world, presented in partnership with the International Music Education Summit. As measures are taken to control the COVID-19 outbreak, many teachers are being asked to provide content virtually to their students, often without additional training and resources.  KHS America (Jupiter Winds, Mapex Drums & Majestic Percussion) wants to help music teachers provide weekly content to their students, direct from highly regarded professionals.

IMES and KHS America Team to Create Unprecedented Festival Opportunity for School Bands

Mt. Juliet, TN - March, 2020 | community | Education | Events | Festival

In partnership with the International Music Education Summit, Jupiter, Mapex and Majestic are proud to announce the 2020 Virtual Band Festival, allowing middle and high school bands throughout the United States to submit a video or audio recording to a panel of judges to receive quality feedback and a rating score.  Adjudicators include freelance recording artist and clinician Patrick Sheridan, Director of Bands Emeritus at Tennessee Tech University Dr. Joseph Hermann and Senior Band Conductor and Director of Wind Ensembles at Vanderbilt University Dr. Thomas Verrier. 

Nashville Starts a Youth Jazz Ensemble

Mt. Juliet, TN - February, 2020

Dr. Richard Ripani founded the Nashville Jazz Youth Ensemble to expand the opportunities available to students in Middle Tennessee. He says, “I wanted to offer a community-wide jazz band for students who do not have a program in their school or whose current program is not very challenging as well as to bring jazz performances to the community.” The 27-member jazz band is made up of select high school students from the Middle Tennessee area, rehearsing weekly at Trevecca University. The ensemble recently performed for FiftyForward’s swing dance event and the Greater Nashville Association of Realtors Awards Gala. Ripani has his sights set on having the group perform at the Jazz Education Network Conference, Jazz on the Cumberland, and with the Lincoln Center Jazz Orchestra.

Armory Play-Along

Mt. Juliet, TN - June, 2019

Want to be featured on Mapex's social pages?

Download the play-along track from the Armory Series "Inspiration" video featuring Steven "Maestro Leville" Robinson.

Share your performance of you playing playing along to this track (on your Mapex kit of course!) to Facebook or Instagram. Then tag us @mapexdrums and use #armoryplayalong for a chance to be featured on our social media!

Mapex Partners with Jimmy Pemberton Supporting Benny Beats Animated Series

Mt. Juliet, TN - January, 2019

The new year is starting off on a high note for two music industry collaborators. Mapex Drums has announced an innovative new partnership with Boston-based drummer and creator Jimmy Pemberton. Pemberton will play Mapex drums exclusively and collaborate with Mapex on future ventures. 

Mapex Introduces New Colors in the Armory Series for 2019

Mt. Juliet, TN - January, 2019

Mapex is pleased to present two new color upgrades in the Armory drum series. Using beautiful Olive Exotic veneers, Mapex is releasing the colors Emerald Burst and Redwood Burst. 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. The finishes are stunningly beautiful.

Mapex Unveils Breakthrough in Drum Design with Black Panther Design Lab

Mt. Juliet, TN - November, 2018 | Black Panther

Showcasing the highest level of MAPEX design and manufacturing capabilities, the Black Panther Design Lab series leverages 30 years of drum making experience and extensive knowledge of the science of sound to bring new sonic concepts to life. Through the Sound First methodology of the Concept Hybrid approach, these drums provide an unparalleled opportunity to create uniquely tailored instrument systems with additional innovative options allowing the artist to
further adapt the sound to their personal style.

Ohio State Chooses Mapex

Columbus, Ohio - September, 2018 | Marching

Mapex Marching Percussion is proud to announce a new partnership with the one and only “Pride of the Buckeyes” Ohio State Marching Band also famously known as the “Best Damn Band in the Land!” With well over one hundred years of rich history, the Ohio State Marching band is regarded as one of the best and most esteemed ensembles of its kind in the world. 

KHS America Helps Future Music Educator With College Scholarship

Mt. Juliet, TN - February, 2018 | community | scholarship

Each year KHS America awards a college scholarship to a member of the United States Army All American Marching Band (USAAAMB). There were 17 applicants this year and the winner was announced during the band’s banquet in San Antonio, TX on Saturday, January 6th.  The 2018 winner was Elissa Travis from Hamilton High School in Chandler, AZ.

Mapex Introduces New Colors in the Armory Series

Mt Juliet, TN - January, 2018 | Armory

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 and Legendary Artists Create New Sounds for Black Panther Snare Drums

Mt. Juliet, TN - 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.

Darrell Robinson on the Road

Mt. Juliet, TN - May, 2014 | Darrell Robinson | MyDentity | On Tour

Mapex Drum Artist Darrell Robinson is touring with Grammy Award winner: Pharrell Williams. “For this huge tour Pharrell wanted something crazy so I knew my boys at Mapex could put it together”, says Darrell Robinson. " I am playing a Saturn kit now, but Mapex is making me a custom Mydentity kit with the new SONIClear bearing edges and Mapex hardware. When you see it you'll be Pink with envy!"

Play More And Tune Less With The New Mapex SONIClear™

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 | Swing House | SxSW

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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.

Mapex loves Their MyDentity Drummers - T-Shirt Giveaway

Mt. Juliet, TN - January, 2013 | MyDentity | Promotions

"The MyDentity program represents the kind of player-focused thinking that will become the signature for the Mapex brand" said Michael Robinson, Director of Marketing for Mapex. "While all drum companies love drums, at Mapex we love drummers and want to give them the type of sound, size, and finish options THEY want, not what we think they should want. The t-shirts are a small token of our appreciation to our earliest adopters. Thanks for sharing in our vision of what Mapex will become."

Mapex MyDentity Clinic Tour with Matt Halpern

Mt. Juliet, TN - August, 2012 | Clinics | Matt Halpern | MyDentity

Mapex MyDentity Custom Drums is excited to announce the September 2012 clinic tour with Modern Drummer Readers Poll winner Matt Halpern. Matt will be highlighting his unique playing style, discussing his approach to playing complex rhythms while maintaining a solid groove, the importance of drum instruction, and how to coexist with band-mates on the road.

A Baltimore native, Matt started playing the drums at the age of 3. With private lessons, Matt acquired a deep knowledge of drumming and a love for playing all genres of music. At a young age Matt was performing throughout the Northeast weekly.

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.

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.