Outdoor Drums for Parks, Playgrounds & Public Areas
We offer a range of Outdoor Drums for Musical Expression, featuring the most comprehensive range of tuned and Outdoor Drums available for Schools, Playgrounds, Parks, Sensory Gardens and Music Therapy Outdoors, almost any outdoor setting.
Whether you're looking for Stainless Steel Drums, Tuned Outdoor Drums, Musical Playground Drums or to create a Playground Drum Circle we should have something that's right for you.
Please don't hesitate to Contact Us if you can't find what you're looking for or you require any further information, one of our friendly team will be happy to help.
The outdoor drum is indubitably the oldest instrument in the world, from a hollowed out log covered in animal skin to a dried gourd, The drum has been the anchor of rhythm throughout the ages.
Also known as a membranophone, the sound is created by the vibration created by the membrane or drumhead being struck with either the hands or other object, often a stick with a rounded end.
Originally made from animal skins, the first plastic drumhead was invented in 1956 and now enjoys popularity all over the world. The body of the drum known as the shell is the chamber that amplifies the sound of the vibration as it resonates through the body.
The outdoor drum stretches back in time, often used in religious ceremonies and rituals. Used for communicating over long distances, drums were used in Sri Lanka to communicate between cities and tribes.
Leading warriors into battle, war drums have been employed for thousands of years to motivate and direct combatants.
It is of course in music that drums have and continue to have such a significant influence, a member of the percussion family, drums come in many shapes and sizes and can be used in practically every style and genre of music.
Some drums are more common than others, notably Timpani, Snare and Bass playing an integral role in the overall feel of a piece of music. Outdoor drumming is again on the increase, permanent installations of sets of drums in parks and playgrounds encourage children to begin to grasp the concepts of rhythm and timbre.
The challenge with outdoor drums permanently installed and subject to the vagaries of the world’s weather, is of course ensuring their longevity and integrity. This is done by combining modern technologies and hand finishing techniques. Probably the best combination in the construction of the outdoor drum is a PVC shell and an ABS head.
Outdoor drums are nowadays permanently installed often with a concrete base ensuring that they are not vandalised or easily removed. They can be installed individually or in groups of different sizes.
With the growth and popularity of outdoor instruments in the last few years, new and exciting designs are appearing. The Cajon originally from Peru , played by slapping the front and side is now reproduced in stainless steel and permanently installed street scenes and playgrounds.
The stainless steel tongue drum is also appearing in more outdoor locations. This differs to many traditional drums as it is often tuned to a specific scale bridging the gap of beat and melody.
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