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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.

Mapex Introduces Saturn V by Adding Their Award-winning SONIClear™ Bearing Edge

Mt. Juliet, TN - January, 2015

The Mapex Drum Company has taken the next step in the evolution of professional drum sets, Saturn V. The award winning SONIClear™ bearing edge and the new SONIClear™ tom holder are standard features on every Saturn V set.   
 
Mapex introduced the SONIClear™ bearing edge last year on their highly acclaimed Armory and Mars kits.  The positive response to the bearing edge was overwhelming and prompted countless questions from Mapex fans of: “When will Saturn be available with SONIClear™ bearing edges?” The wait is over.  

Mapex and Drumline 2 on VH-1 Monday Night October 27th

Mt. Juliet, TN - October, 2014

Mapex and Drumline 2: A New Beat Premiers on VH-1 Monday Night October, 27th 9/8C

KHS-America, and specifically Mapex Marching Drums and Jupiter Brass instruments, were a key partner in the production of the new movie, providing a full complement of marching drums and brass instruments to outfit the fictional Atlanta A&T and their rival university band.

THE SONG Partners with Mapex Drums in Anticipation of Theatrical Release

Mt. Juliet, TN - September, 2014 | Film | The Song

MAPEX Drums will be featured in the highly anticipated film starring pop rock band Anthem Lights’ front man Alan Powell, Ali Faulkner (TWILIGHT: BREAKING DAWN) and Caitlin Nicol-Thomas (“Nashville”). Presented by Samuel Goldwyn Films and City on a Hill Studio, THE SONG shines a spotlight on American Roots music by featuring 11 original songs.  Already garnering attention from fans and critics alike, the music-driven drama THE SONG is partnering with MAPEX Drums in preparation for the film’s theatrical wide-release on September 26.

Over The Edge SONIClear™ Tour featuring Russ Miller and Rashid Williams

Mt. Juliet, TN - August, 2014 | Clinics | PlayMore | Rashid Williams | Russ Miller | SONIClear

Mapex Artists and staff members will be hitting the road stopping in 15 cities across the USA for the Mapex SONIClear™ “Over the Edge Tour”.  The tour is the perfect opportunity for players to experience first-hand the award winning SONIClear™ bearing edge and the sound of Armory and Mars sets and Armory snare drums. Russ Miller (L.A. session artist) will be the host in 7 of the events while Rashid Williams (John Legend) will be hosting the tour in 8 of the locations.  In addition, a Mapex Armory Tomahawk snare drum will be given away to a lucky winner at each stop of the tour.

Mapex adds SONIClear™ Bearing Edge to the MyDentity Line and Launches a “PLAYMORE” Promotion

Mt. Juliet, TN - July, 2014 | MyDentity | PlayMore | SONIClear

Starting on July 1st, 2014, MyDentity Custom drums will be available with the award-winning SONIClear™ bearing edge, designed to help drummers tune less and play more.  To kick off this exciting design change, Mapex will run a MyDentity promotion from July 1st through August 31st during which time Mapex will be upgrading the heads to Remo USA-made drumheads.

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!"

Mapex Wins Awards At NAMM 2014

Mt. Juliet, TN - March, 2014 | NAMM

During the Winter NAMM show in January, representatives from the Music and Sound Retailer magazine presented the Mapex team with 2 of their coveted awards. Music retailers voted in a nation-wide poll and Mapex came out on top for Best Drum Set of 2013 (Saturn IV Series) and Best Percussion Accessory Of 2013 (Falcon Hardware Series). 

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.