Our "Attic Drums" Mission
If you're a drummer, I'm sure you've noticed how much new equipment is manufactured each and every year. Considering that drumsets, unless abused, never wear out . . . nor do cymbals.
It is my guess, that currently, there are far more drumsets in existence than there are people who play them.
So, where are all these drumsets? In attics, basements, spare rooms and garages all across America.
Why are they there? Because "My son used to play, but he moved away to . . . " or "I used to play and then I got married" or "My dad was a professional drummer, but he passed away . . ." or I used to be in a band, but I just don't have time to play anymore" or a thousand other scenarios.
Sometimes you see them pop up for sale in your local paper or on your grocery store bulletin board.
It occurred to me that there are churches and schools in need of drums both here and abroad in the missions field.
I had one lady call me one day and ask if I knew anyone who could use a drumset. Her husband used to play professionally and he had recently passed away. She was thrilled when I told her that they could be put to good use for the Lord in a local church. Those drums now help people to praise and worship every Sunday at the Spanish-speaking Eternal Rock church in Milwaukee.
I was asked if I could do anything with a bunch of shells, rims and hardware that were sitting in the back room of our local Christian school. Within days after taking possession of them, I received a call from a worship team that was traveling to Peru to teach a church how to worship musically and they needed to take them a drumset. I refurbished the drums and they are now in the Lord's service in Peru where the people had never seen a drumset before . . . ever!
Who do you know that has a drumset that is unused, that would love to seem them in service to the Lord?
How about this; the next time you see an ad for a drumset for sale, take a chance - give them a call and ask if they would be interested in donating them to a church or school in need. They could take the tax deduction and have the satisfaction of knowing the drums are serving the Lord.
The Lord says we have not because we ask not - "...you do not have because you do not ask." James 4:2 NKJV
Now that you are aware of the need, you can keep your eyes and ears open for opportunity. Drummers For Jesus - Wisconsin Chapter will gladly accept those drums and place them in areas of need for the Lord.
I have noticed that many drummers keep drum heads on their drums WAY past their musical life. They're totally pock-marked, scuffed, coating gone with rips repaired with duct tape. SOMEtimes, this is purely due to ignorance, but far more often it is due to finances. They simply can't afford replacements.
So they continue to play on them and then wonder why so many people in the congregation are "anti-drums". The answer is simple, because they sound bad . . . they're musically offensive.
If you're like me, you change your heads when they start to get the least bit worn. My discards are far better than what many drummers play on.
It used to be that, being the pack-rat I am, I used to let them pile up in the garage. Now, I give them to Christian drum students at the local Christian school. Or I use them to replace heads on drums in churches. Or I put them on the drums we gave away to the church or the mission field.
If you discard your drum heads while still in good condition, please consider donating them to Drummers For Jesus - Wisconsin Chapter. We will have them available when we find needy places for them.
Once again, if you're a pack-rat like me, and you've been playing for a while, chances are you have drum parts & hardware you no longer use. Drummers For Jesus - Southern Wisconsin Chapter could use those parts and hardware for when drums need refurbishing or replacement parts to enter into the Lord's service.
I would like to thank you for your consideration in helping us with our "Attic Drums" mission!