Welcome to the second Marching Orders! blog. Here's a run down of what's been happening at the Marching Division at British Drum Co. over the past month.
The Marching Family Grows
The British Drum Co. is pleased to announce that Peter Vulperhorst is the latest Marching Division artist to join our artist family. Peter started drumming from the age of 7 where he was taught by his father-in-law, Sjoerd Westra, a musician in the Dutch Marines, Tamboers & Pijpers. At the age of 12, Peter started a high-quality classical percussion program with his teacher, Johan Faber, one of the best percussion teachers in Holland at that time. In 1993 he graduated Cum Laude (UM) at the Utrecht Conservatory where Johan Faber was still his teacher, mentor and coach.
It’s exciting to bring in another amazing drummer into the traditional side of the division and Peter is very well known in the traditional drumming world. I’m delighted to be able to bring Peter onboard and I feel honoured he’s chosen to join British Drum Co. I look forward to seeing where this journey takes us.
Old Friends, New Drums
I did manage to escape for a few days and head down to The Royal Hospital Chelsea, London to present some emblazoned RS1 Drums to the in-pensioners so their drummers could use them on their drum duties.
Their current drums were looking old and tired, so we decided to gift them some new drums to them for future use.
I was greeted by Maj. Phil Shannon MBE (Captain of Invalids) where I was taken in for coffee and biscuits, always a great start to any day! I was then given a full tour of the hospital and all its facilities followed by lunch in what can only be described as the perfect setting to enjoy some great food and conversation.
Following a delightful lunch, the official presentation of the drums took place. It was nice to see our drums being worn by the heroic pensioners who have the privilege of wearing the legendary scarlet coats. I was presented with a framed picture as a gift to go up on the wall at BDC HQ.
The Royal Hospital Chelsea does an amazing job but like most places, at the moment, is struggling because of COVID-19. If you can spare the price of a cup of coffee then please click the link below and help these veterans out.
The Chelsea Pensioners
Regimental Series Practice Pad
Since the launch of the Regimental Practice Pad last month the demand has been extremely high.
The look of the pad has stood out amongst others and the high-grade materials of this pad have proven to be popular with drummers regardless of your marching scene.
We’ve now decided to add an aftermarket option for all those wanting to personalise their pad with their own or band name.