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(12/21/2016 : Oxnard, CA) Fort Worth Texas-based Rhythm Brand Instruments (RBI) has purchased TOCA Percussion® from Drum Workshop, Inc., it was announced today. For over 55 years, RBI has built a network of clinicians, educators, musicians, and customer support staff focused on bringing quality musical instruments and music education products to students, educators and classrooms around the world. RBI has long been a leader in the development and distribution of elementary musical instruments and related materials and will wholly own TOCA Percussion® and its extensive line of hand percussion and accessories.
“TOCA Percussion® is a terrific asset and fits perfectly into both our company’s existing position as a leader in the music education space, and, our go-forward plans for RBI Music,” said Rhythm Band Instruments President, Brad Kirkpatrick. “We’re extremely enthusiastic about working with both entities’ suppliers, customers and artists to continue to build upon the legacy of TOCA Percussion®.”
Rhythm Band is known for its brands of children’s instruments including Kidsplay®, Chromaharp® and Boomwhackers® tuned musical percussion tubes as well as for being the exclusive distributor of leading brands including Aulos,® Noteknacks® and pBuzz.® among others. More recently, RBI has extended its strategic vision, becoming the exclusive North American distributor for a number of outstanding stringed and percussion brands of musical instruments.
“With an increasing demand for high-quality music education products, RBI is uniquely positioned to ensure that TOCA’s wide range of hand percussion reaches the youth music education market,” said Drum Workshop, Inc., President and CEO, Chris Lombardi.ABOUT RHYTHM BAND INSTRUMENTS:
Rhythm Band Instruments has been a leader in the development and distribution of elementary musical instruments and related materials since 1961. The privately owned company operates from facilities in Fort Worth, Texas. Rhythm Band is known for its brands of children’s instruments including Kidsplay®, Chromaharp® and Boomwackers® tuned musical percussion tubes, and also as the exclusive distributor for leading brands including Aulos,® Noteknacks® and pBuzz.® Rhythm Band’s RBI Music is fast becoming a significant distributor of high-quality adult and professional musical instruments, including Fret-King® and Vintage® brand guitars, Toca® and A Tempo® hand percussion instruments, Stay® music stands and Odery® drums. www.rhythmband.com.ABOUT DRUM WORKSHOP®
Founded in 1972 and headquartered in California, Drum Workshop, Inc. (DW) is an American musical instrument manufacturer and distributor best known for its DW-branded, award-winning drums, pedals, hardware and accessories. The company’s umbrella of brands also includes Gretsch Drums®, Latin Percussion® (LP) and Ovation Guitars® among others. The privately-held family-owned enterprise operates manufacturing facilities in three states and designs instruments and other musical products that are distributed worldwide. The family of celebrated artists that endorse Drum Workshop products includes Neil Peart, Dave Grohl, Don Henley, Mick Fleetwood, Sheila E., Melissa Ethridge, Glen Campbell and Charlie Watts.