Slingerland Drum Company

Slingerland is a United States manufacturer of drums. The company was founded in 1912 and enjoyed several decades of prominence in the industry before the 1980s. After ceasing operation in the early 1980s, Slingerland was acquired by Gibson, who briefly revived it and owned it until November 2019, before selling Slingerland to DW Drums, who have announced the intention of re-launching the brand.[1] Slingerland is strongly associated with jazz drummers, such as Gene Krupa[2] and Buddy Rich, who played signature instruments made by the company. Although primarily known for its drums, in the 1930s Slingerland also produced electric and acoustic guitars, violins, mandolins, banjos and ukuleles.

Slingerland Drum Company
FormerlySlingerland Banjo Company
TypePrivately held company (1913–late 1970s)
Brand (late 1970s–present)
IndustryMusical instruments
Founded1913; 108 years ago (1913) in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA
FounderHenry Heanon Slingerland
United States
Area served
ProductsDrum kits, electric & acoustic guitars, violins, mandolins, banjos, ukuleles
OwnerDrum Workshop[1]