Drum stick

A drumstick is a type of percussion mallet used particularly for playing snare drum, drum kit, and some other percussion instruments, and particularly for playing unpitched percussion.

A selection of Nick Mason's customised drumsticks, from various makers, displayed at the Pink Floyd: Their Mortal Remains exhibition

Specialized beaters used on some other percussion instruments, such as the metal beater used with a triangle or the mallets used with tuned percussion (such as xylophone and timpani), are not normally referred to as drumsticks. Drumsticks generally have all of the following characteristics:

  • They are normally supplied and used in pairs.
  • They may be used to play at least some sort of drum (as well as other instruments).
  • They are normally used only for unpitched percussion.