New guy here. I need drums. Here's the deal....
About six years ago, I was assigned the exact same middle school general music class two semesters in a row. At first I was like
, what am I supposed to do with them? Then my wife had the idea to order some drums and start a group. Well, six years later it's still going strong and is now a by-audition-only group, and last year we got to play at the World Bank in DC.
Now, we found out this year that our schools are splitting (we're two small magnet schools in one building. My wife teaches music on one side, and I teach on the other, and my drum group is combined). My wife intends on continuing with the drumming on her side as well, so that means we need to order about seven more drums (BTW all the drums are paid for out of our pockets. The school won't pay).
When I started the group I just ordered drums from X8, and they're working fine. However, just hanging out here for a couple days, I found out I could do better. I'm now looking at Wula drums. From everything I've read here, they're the shiznit which is what I want. I might not be a "drummer" but I'm a former pro trumpet player (career changer....long story involving the Army...) so I want a good quality instrument and sound. As an educator, I feel a big mistake (one of MANY) made in music "ed" is using poor quality instruments. But I digress.....
Anyhoo...I've been in contact with Galen from Wula (very impressed with the guy and the company) and we may be looking at some drum specials. I figure we can spend $1k-ish
What are all of your thoughts on the various wood types? Melina good? What about the "Cosa" line? I'm thinking that I can spend as much or even less than I did for the Indonesian "Gembays" and get real African Djembes. Any thoughts or recommendations?
I've thought about asking for money or applying for grants through the school, but that's sort of a win/lose situation. Sure, I'd get the drums, but I'd likely lose some control as "Artistic Director". Plus if I buy them, they're mine and go with me should I change jobs.