April 10, 2015
LATIN PERCUSSION®, TOCA® AND GIBRALTAR® PERCUSSION BRANDS RETURN TO KMC MUSIC AS PART OF NEW DISTRIBUTION AGREEMENT
Appointment by Drum Workshop Inc. reaffirms KMC Music’s preeminent position as the industry most complete one-stop source for all percussion needs.
BLOOMFIELD, CONNECTICUT, April 10, 2015 — Underscoring its unique ability to provide manufacturers with a broad and deep reach to every segment of the MI retail marketplace, KMC Music (www.kmcmusic.com) today announced that it has been appointed by Drum Workshop, Inc. (www.dwdrums.com) to serve as the preeminent United States distributor with the largest selection of Latin Percussion®, Toca®, and Gibraltar® percussion brands. Drum Workshop acquired the brands three months ago in an asset sale agreement with then KMC Music owner Fender Musical Instruments, Inc.
“We welcome the return of these great brands to the KMC Music family,” KMC Music President Mark Terry said today. “This is a great moment for our dealers, who can now again order the Latin Percussion, Toca, and Gibraltar brands from the industry’s best high value added distributor, KMC Music! Drum Workshop’s appointment is a true testament to KMC Music’s unique capabilities.”
Under the terms of the agreement announced today, KMC Music assumes immediate responsibility for selling, marketing, and supporting the three industry leading percussion brands to all non Drum Workshop house accounts, providing KMC Music’s sales team with the ability to bring the brands to some 6,000 additional MI dealers across the country. “This appointment reaffirms KMC Music’s distribution strengths,” Terry emphasized, “And, in the process, it effectively cements our position as the industry’s most complete one-stop shopping resource for any MI dealer looking to offer their customers the broadest range of percussion brands and options at every major price point.”
The Latin Percussion, Toca, and Gibraltar brands now join KMC Music’s existing arsenal of percussion lines that include Remo drumheads, Vater Percussion, World Percussion, Vic Firth Drum Sticks, Evans drumheads, ProMark drum sticks, DW Hardware, PDP hardware and drums, Regal Tip drum sticks, and Innovative Percussion.
Commenting on the appointment today, Drum Workshop, Inc. President Chris Lombardi noted that, “KMC Music is the logical solution considering the history they have with these iconic brands. They are a natural complement to our own sales organization and they possess the field sales and telemarketing teams, the service and support staffs, the year-round promotion programs, and the logistics and fulfillment capability needed to bring the Latin Percussion, Toca, and Gibraltar brands to the widest possible audience of musicians. We very much look forward to working with the entire KMC team.”
About Drum Workshop, Inc. Founded in 1972, Drum Workshop, Inc. is a family-owned and operated musical instrument company. Best known for designing and manufacturing award-winning drums, pedals, hardware and accessories under the DW and PDP banner. In 2014, the company expanded to include other iconic American instrument brands such as Gretsch Drums®, Latin Percussion®, Toca Percussion®, KAT® Technologies, Gibraltar® hardware and Ovation® guitars. DW’s wide range of products are endorsed by many of the world’s top artists including: Neil Peart, Charlie Watts, Phil Collins, Sheila E., Melissa Etheridge, Mick Fleetwood, Don Henley and Dave Grohl among others. Drum Workshop, Inc. is headquartered in Oxnard, California. For more information visit www.dwdrums.com
About KMC Music Headquartered in Bloomfield, Connecticut, KMC Music (www.kmcmusic.com) is the industry’s oldest and largest high value added distributor of musical instruments, related MI pro audio products, and accessories. Part of the JAM Industries U.S. Music Group, KMC Music is dedicated to helping its 6,000 dealers to build their business profitably by offering more than 20,000 SKUs that are supported by in-field sales and merchandising support; the iconic 1 Stop Product Catalog; a powerful, easy to use online dealer portal; a 98% fill rate; same-day shipping, exemplary service — and the industry’s most competitive pricing.