DW Drums Acquires American Percussion Brands from Fender

Drum Workshop and Fender Musical Instruments have finalized an asset sale agreement for DW to purchase owned and licensed percussion brands including Latin Percussion, Toca Percussion, Gretsch Drums, Gibraltar Hardware, and KAT Percussion from Fender’s KMC subsidiary. Ovation Guitars, and exclusive U.S. distribution rights for Sabian Cymbals are also included in the transaction.

“This is an amazing opportunity to extend our passion and commitment for the art of drumming,” says Chris Lombardi, President and CEO of Drum Workshop, Inc. “We’re excited to welcome these legendary American brands to the DW family.”

Founded in 1972, the family owned and operated manufacturing company also boasts the DW Drums brand, as well as Pacific Drums and Percussion (PDP). Details of the purchase are forthcoming, however it has been announced that DW Drums manufacturing operations will remain in California, Gretsch drum production will continue in South Carolina, and LP’s offices will stay in New Jersey.

“We are extremely proud of our team’s effort to nurture and grow each of the individual brands and are enthusiastic for their future,” says FMIC’s interim CEO and board member Scott Gilbertson. “We recognize the strategic opportunity for DW and are confident that they will be champions of the brands moving forward.”

“It promises to be a very exciting year,” continues Lombardi. My father [DW Founder, Don Lombardi] and I are whole-heartedly dedicated to these already well-established brands and see a bright future ahead for the entire drum industry.”

Dale Kroke, Sr. VP and GM of B&J Music, tells CMT that this transaction will not impact B&J’s Canadian distribution of any of the purchased brands.

For more information, contact DW Drums Inc.: 800-453-7867,

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Michael Raine is the Editor-in-Chief at Canadian Musician, Canadian Music Trade, Professional Sound, and Professional Lighting & Production magazines. He also hosts the Canadian Musician Podcast.
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