Concert Snare Drums

Concert Snare Drums

J. W. Pepper Snare Drum . Donated by Gordon Peters Many different types of concert snare drums have existed as manufacturing techniques and mechanical developments evolved. Shown here are three snare drums from companies that either no longer exist or that have ceased to manufacture drums. This type of drum was most often found with concert bands or smaller theater orchestra ensembles, although they often came with a leg brace and sling and could be used for marching.

Frank E. Rice Snare Drum . Donated by Robert B. Stuart – Measuring 3 1/2 inches by 14 inches, this metal-shell drum was manufactured by Frank E. Rice in Chicago, IL, ca. 1913. It features 10 rods, which tighten the heads using a thumbscrew and claw hook mechanism over two wooden counterhoops. A single-tension drum, it has wire-wrapped silk snares, and a snare strainer that is attached to the bottom hoop.

Lyon & Healy Snare Drum . Donated by Gordon Peters – A 4-inch by 15-inch wood-shell drum, dated August 6, 1912, on an internal label. Although the label identifies the drum as Lyon & Healy, the design is that used by the Duplex Mfg. Co. for drums provided to various musical merchants in the early part of the 20th century. The 20 lugs, with rods that join to metal inserts in the wood counterhoops, provide separate tension for the heads. This drum has been modified with a new strainer and a set of Hinger snares.