At the 2015 National Association of Music Merchants show in Anaheim, Calif. it sounded like heresy to hear a marketing honcho for one of the world’s leading drum manufacturers say, “We’re not trying to turn everyone into a professional drummer.”
After all NAMM is where more than 5,000 brands of all kinds of instruments, equipment or music accessories are on display, and reps for all the companies that make them are pounding out the deals for selling them in the year ahead.
But the thrust of Alyssa Janny’s comment at the Remo drum booth on Thursday, opening day of the four-day convention, referred to a new line of drums designed to be more user-friendly — and potentially healing — for people with autism, Alzheimer’s and other disabilities.
Remo hosted a demonstration of its new Comfort Sound Technology percussion instruments as played by three members of the house band at Teri Campus of Life, which serves about 600 people of various disabilities from 6 to 75 years old in Oceanside, Calif.
“A lot of people in this community are very sensitive to sound,” said George Thompson, Teri’s performing arts director. “These drums are much more accessible to a lot of them.”
Remo developed a drum head and frame for various size drums that eliminate overtones common to conventional drums — sounds that can severely affect those susceptible to sensory overload.
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