NAMM day 3


Saturday at NAMM was the busiest day yet. Tons of artists and fans swinging by to say hi, check out the new models, and chat sticks with us.


Mike Mitchell 
 Mike Clemons and Spanky greet some fans.
The booth was bustling when we had Spanky, Brian Frasier-Moore, Mike Johnston, and Chris Pennie all together for a signing. 
Chad Brandolini (Vater A&R) and Robin Diaz (Daughtry)

Dave Buckner, Chad Cunningham (Vater) and Allan Pahanish Jr. 

Scott Travis (Judas Priest) dropped in to check out who was on the cover of the new catalog
John Cowsill (the Beach Boys)
Alan Vater and Virgil Donati
Chris McHugh (Keith Urban) came by to check out his new signature stick we debuted at NAMM! 
Aaron Montgomery (Trapt) and Brian Tichy (Whitesnake) had a friendly discussion about the Patriots/Jets/whatever. 
Later, we had Mika Fineo (Filter) and Brian Tichy do a signing too!
Hannah Ford
Pete Merriweather, Marvin "Smitty" Smith, and Ken Murphy!
Atom Willard (Angels And Airwaves) and Vater's Chad Brandolini
Kofi Baker
Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry), Jay Lane (Primus), Jeff Bowders (Paul Gilbert), Garin Rosen (Arsonists Get All The Girls)
Didi Negron!
Cora Coleman-Dunham with her signature sticks and sweet shades.
NAMM 2011 was one for the books.  We had a killer time meeting everyone and talking about our new products for this year, and catching up with all of the members of the Vater artist family.
Keep it rock!

Categories: Products | Artists | NAMM
Posted by Dan on Friday, January 28, 2011 4:22 AM

Factory Tour Video

We have just posted a new Vater Factory Tour video. The video is a step-by-step overview from Alan Vater of the manufacturing process from the time it's a dowel all the way through being a finished drumstick in our warehouse.

See for yourself the hands-on care and quality assurance that your Vater sticks get every single day.


Posted by Chad on Wednesday, January 26, 2011 7:03 PM

Jen Lowe Joins Vater

Vater Welcomes Jen Lowe to the Artist Family

Having toured with prestigious national and international artists such as Jason Mraz, Ed Kowalcyk, Acres, Butterfly Stitch and more, Lowe is a journey-woman through and through; armed with a beaten-up backpack stuffed with sentimental keep-sakes of a woman both beloved and scorned. The songs on her debut solo CD, “From the End of this Hallway”, play like bittersweet battle-cries of a great victory won against fallen relationships and personal struggles in a coming-of-age war. And when the dust settles, there’s the lone voice of Jen’s soul, swaying gently, beautifully, between each song like a feather dropping from the heavens between the limbs of Oak trees.

Jen’s eternal search for balance and connection in her life comes through strongly in her writing and performance. Never taking herself too seriously in life or on the stage, you will often find her giggling and at ease as she tells a funny anecdote or reaches into her soul to share the darker parts of her journey. She is a true natural performer, whether she’s pounding ferociously on a djembe or gently finger-picking her old guitar; as a multi-instrumentalist, Jen’s shows are spontaneous, fun and never predictable. And it truly resonates. Her stage presence, songwriting, and musical ability have instantly captured audiences from state to state. Her lovelorn poetic verses and catchy choruses will remain in your head, illuminating and fluttering, like fireflies in a mason jar, long after the last note is played.

Ron Wiles, Producer of the Ron Wiles Music Show, commented about Jen’s debut CD:“In the Indie American/Folk space, Jen Lowe is as good as it gets. If you’re looking for a new artist to add to your collection of great finds – look no further. Jen Lowe is that rare artist who does it perfectly — writes, sings, performs, etc.”

Jen is currently working on her second solo cd, for a Spring 2011 release.Jen Lowe is truly a welcome beacon of light in the midnight of the soul’s harvest.

Head over to for more info about Jen.




Categories: Artists
Posted by Chad on Friday, January 21, 2011 8:25 PM

NAMM day 2

Friday was nuts at NAMM. We had Steven Adler sign for fans at noon, and artists coming by nonstop. Lots of fun was had. Check the photos!


Derek Roddy could not contain his excitement.
Patrick Keeler (the Raconteurs) picked up a Vintage Bomber

fans lined up for over an hour to see Steven Adler 
Steven and Vater's own Bill Morgan
Mika Fineo (Filter) swung in before his signing on Saturday
Alan Vater and Fred Dinkins
Anthony Michelli and Vater's Chad Brandolini
Darius Fentress
Eliott Jacobson (Ingrid Michaelson) and Justin Glasco (Kate Vogel)
Mario Calire (Ozomatli) was pumped to get on the booth wall.  He stayed there for quite a while.
Nate Walker (Lit) and Chad B!
Jerry Gaskill (King's X)
Andrew Cook (A Rocket to the Moon) and Ryan Yerdon (Puddle of Mudd) hung out for a while and talked about how Portland, Oregon could have just has easily been Boston, Oregon. Weird.
David Silveria and Chris Pennie
Brian Frasier-Moore really loves his signature sticks. No, REALLY loves them. You will too.
Ilan Rubin (The New Regime/Nine Inch Nails)
Mike Clemons (Israel Houghton and the New Breed) checking out his new signature stick. 
Serge Lysack (The Drum Lab) and Mike Johnston ( are stoked to be part of the Vater family, and were nice enough to let Mario stay on the wall for this photo ;)
That's it from Day 2 of NAMM. More photos to come from Day 3! 

Posted by Dan on Wednesday, January 19, 2011 4:22 AM

NAMM Day 1

Our first day at NAMM was action packed! here are a few shots from the day: 

fans line up for Chad Smith's signing at the booth

Vater's Chad Cunningham is impressed with the turnout.

Vater artist Alberto Vargas checking out some Recordings.

Chris Johnson (Rihanna) and Chaun Horton (Natasha Bedingfield/Macy Gray) dropped by to chat for a bit.

Mike Johnston hung out and chatted with friends about the 2451, his new signature stick.

Artists Dave Chiverton, Nick Smith, and Q. Robinson.

Felix "D-Kat" Pollard and Dave Chiverton.


Today, we've got Steven Adler coming in for a signing and more artists stopping by to talk wood.  Stay tuned for more updates! 

Posted by Chad on Friday, January 14, 2011 5:05 PM

Artist Signings at NAMM Show

Come on by Vater's booth at the 2011 NAMM Show January 13-16th in Anaheim, CA. Vater is booth #3072 in Hall D of the Anaheim Convention Center.

We will be introducing several new products for 2011, and also a brand new Vater catalog.

Vater Artists that are scheduled to appear for autograph signings at the Vater booth are:

Thursday January 13th 1PM

Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers)


Friday January 14th 1-2PM

Steven Adler (Legendary Guns N' Roses/Adler's Apppetite Drummer)


Saturday January 15th 12-1PM

Big Mike Clemons (Israel Houghton and New Breed)

Brian Frasier Moore (Janet Jackson/Madonna/Christina Aguilera)

George "Spanky" McCurdy (Lady Gaga)

Chris Pennie (Coheed and Cambria)

Mike Johnston ( 


Saturday January 15th 3-4PM

Mika Fineo (Filter)

Brian Tichy (Whitesnake) 


You'll be able to catch many other Vater Artists dropping by the Booth including: Chris Dave (Maxwell), Scott Travis (Judas Priest), David Silveria, Robin Diaz (Daughtry), Mario Calire (Ozomatli), Chris Johnson (Rihanna), Joe Sirois (Mighty Mighty Bosstones), Aaron Montgomery (Trapt), Nate Walker (Lit), Ed Udhus (Zebrahead), Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry), Bennie Rodgers (Mariah Carey), Manny Dominick (Chester French), Nisan Stewart (Diddy/Jamie Fox), Gorden Campbell (Jessica Simpson) and many more! You never know who you may bump into at the Vater booth.

*Keep checking the Vater Facebook and Twitter pages as we'll be posting pictures and updates from the show floor!


Posted by Chad on Thursday, January 06, 2011 10:58 PM

"A Drummer's Perspective" Book

David Phillips’ book, "A Drummer's Perspective", is a stunning collection of live action photos celebrating the world of drumming that features tons of Vater Artists!

This large format book brings together some of the finest unseen photographs of legendary drummers. It is a unique collection of pictures taken by the author David Phillips, who has been given rare access on stage and behind the scenes to many of the biggest bands in the world. The powerful images include almost 200 photos of some of the most amazing rock concerts and give a fascinating insight to drummers, their playing and their world.

Some of the Vater Artists featured throughout the book include: Adam 'Atom' Willard (Angels & Airwaves), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers), Chris Pennie (Coheed and Cambria), Cora Coleman-Dunham (Prince), Graham Broad (Roger Waters), Ilan Rubin (Nine Inch Nails), Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa), Josh Freese (Devo/A Perfect Circle), Nisan Stewart (Jamie Fox), Patrick Keeler (Raconteurs/The Greenhornes), Paul Bostaph (Testament), Scott Travis (Judas Priest), Sean Kinney (Alice In Chains), Trevor Lawrence Jr. (Herbie Hancock),Will Hunt (Black Label Society) and more.

For more info and to purchase your copy, head over to:



Posted by Chad on Tuesday, January 04, 2011 8:07 PM
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