NAMM 2013

The 2013 NAMM Show was another successful one for Vater! At the show, the New 5A Stretch, 7A Stretch, Whip Brush and Splashstick Rock were all officially introduced. The booth was packed all 4 days of the show with people coming by to check out the entire Vater Product line, picking up a copy the new 2013 catalog and checking out the new stick offerings. TONS of Vater Artists came by to show their love and support and to fill us in on what they have coming up in the new year. Our after show adventures were filled with hanging with friends and Vater Artists and catching some of the live performances that included some by Vater Artists Jen Lowe (who fronted her own band) Chris Dave and Drumheadz at the Sabain Live Party and much more. 


3 Part video series of our footage from the NAMM Show 2013 Floor 




Here's some pictures of some of the action at the Vater booth! 


New 5A Stretch and 7A Stretch making their debut on the booth wall!  


Mike Byrne [Smashing Pumpkins] meets Chris Dave [D'Angelo/Maxwell]  
Cyrus Bolooki [New Found Glory]  
  Brann Dailor [Mastodon] always excited to see his Vater 5B's!
Benny Cancino, Andrew Cook [A Rocket to the Moon], Aaron Montgomery [Trapt] and
Ryan Carman [Rocco Deluca and the Burden]  
  2 thumbs up from Mike Byrne [Smashing Pumpkins] and Brad Davis [Adventure Drums]
All visiting the Vater Booth at the same time were, Left to right: Jacqueline Cassell,
Jessica Goodwin [Diamonds Under Fire], Brad Davis [Adventure Drums] Dusty Watson [Dick Dale],
Branden Steineckert [Rancid], Cyrus Bolooki [New Found Glory], Jay Weinberg, 
Christian Poezach [Cirque du Soleil-Alegria], Eric Leiderman [Pearl Aday],
Kate Shellenbach [Luscious Jackson] and Didi Negron [Cirque du Soleil-Amaluna]
  Chaun Horton and Quinton Robinson catch up
  Didi Negron of Cirque du Soleil's Amaluna Show
  Evan Stone, John Cowsill [The Beach Boys], Xavier Muriel [Buckcherry], Erick Slick [Dr. Dog],
Nate Walker [Lit] and Ed Udhus [Zebrahead] 
  Jessica Goodwin [Diamonds Under Fire] with her Vater 5B's!
  Graham Hawthorne [David Byrne]
  Ilan Rubin [Paramore]
  Jen Lowe, Jeffrey Jones, Nick Oshiro [Blue Man Group] and Paul Bostaph
  Jeremy Stacey [Noel Galllagher's Flying Birds/Tom Jones]
  Kofi Baker, Jay Weinberg and Rancid's Branden Steineckert
Chris Korzin and Phil Ehart [Kansas]  
Mike Fuentes of Pierce The Veil  
Who's more shocked to be with the other one???  Mike Johnston [
with Brad Davis [Adventure Drums]
Mike Johnston [] with Serge Lysak [The Drum Lab]  
Miles McPherson [Kelly Clarkson, Isaias Gil and Sammy Balfour jacked with excitement!  
  Mona Tavakoli [Jason Mraz], Greg Clark Jr., Quinton Robinson and Manny Dominick
  Scott Pellegrom
  Scott Travis of Judas Priest
  Kate Shellenbach [Luscious Jackson]
  Sinbad and Fred Dinkins
Smitty Smith and Gorden Campbell 

Posted by Chad on Friday, February 22, 2013 11:22 PM

Dan Duggins Health Update: 1 Year Later

April 27, 2010 was the day Dan Duggins life would forever be changed. Dan suffered a major brainstem stroke. For the past 15+ years Dan was a professional drummer, lived in the New York area and has been the drummer for Hot Rod Circuit, The Queen Killing Kings, Zigmat and more. Dan’s initial stroke symptoms were severe head pains, confusion, and numbness in his hands. Luckily, Dan was on his way to a gig and his band mate drove him to a local hospital. While waiting to be seen in the Emergency Room, Dan experienced seizures and was immediately admitted.

It was not initially recognized that Dan experienced a stroke, when in reality this is what Dan had. The introduction of the stroke was from a blot clot that traveled to his brainstem via a torn artery within his neck. At the onset of his stroke, Dan became what is known as “Locked in”. Locked in is a condition in which your brain is functioning and cognitive, but a person's body is not responsive. Dan was on life support, had a trachea implanted, and needed oxygen 24 hours a day. His outlook was grim, and the doctors were saying they didn’t expect him to live much longer. Many people who become locked in never recover, but after nearly two weeks Dan managed to break thru by moving his index finger on his left hand. Contrary to their belief, Dan hung in there and was transferred to a recovery unit where his vitals began to stabilize.

In June 2010 Dan was relocated to Richmond, VA, where his family lives. He spent the remainder of the summer at a local medical facility, where he was weaned off the ventilator and had the trachea removed. At this point Dan started his therapies. The light at the end of the tunnel appeared to be growing brighter; however, since Dan had no health insurance, he was discharged since he no longer needed 24 hour medical-care.

Dan, the Duggins family, and friends did not let this bring Dan's recovery process to halt. Dan is currently into a year of his recovery; he attends speech, occupational, and physical therapy three times a week at a local hospital. Dan is beginning to sound out words, can move all of his limbs (within limited motion), and his core muscles are used under Dan's control. He recently went to an eye specialist to help with his double vision, and the doctors are hopeful that with wearing special glasses his vision will return to normal. Recovery from this major stroke can take nearly a decade and not one doctor can define what recovery truly means.

You can follow Dan's recovery process on the Dan Duggins Trust Facebook Page for details. If you want to send him a note please send it to him at 4317 Joseph Drive, Glen Allen, VA. 23060 or you can e-mail Dan on the trust page. Dan is also available to Skype through the help of our father, Tom Duggins. You can set up a session by emailing Tom at .

A PayPal account has been opened for donations. All of the donations from this account will go directly to paying Dan’s medical bills. For those wishing to donate, the account email is

There will be more benefit events coming up, so please keep checking back at the Dan Duggins Trust Facebook Page for details.

The Duggins Family would like to thank every person for his or her thoughts and support during the treacherous travel down a long and windy road.


-Stephen Duggins


 Nothing will keep Dan from drums!
Stephen (left) and Dan Duggins (right)

Dan with The Queen Killing Kings:

Dan with Zigmat: 

Dan with Hot Rod Circuit:



Posted by Chad on Thursday, April 28, 2011 4:11 PM

Pixies' David Lovering Joins Vater Family

Vater Welcomes Pixies Drummer David Lovering to the Artist Family.



David Lovering is an American musician and magician. He is best known as the drummer for the alternative rock band Pixies, which he joined in 1986. After the band’s breakup in 1993, Lovering drummed with several other acts, including The Martinis, Cracker, Nitzer Ebb and Tanya Donelly. He also pursued a magic career as The Scientific Phenomenalist; performing scientific and physics-based experiments on stage.

As a drummer Lovering was inspired by bands from a variety of genres, including Rush and Steely Dan. Author Ben Sisario described him as the “great unacknowledged anchor” of the Pixies, and stated that his unique influences gave “a precision and versatility essential to following Black Francis’s songwriting quirks”.


"The Pixies have had such a major influence on many of today's top alternative rock bands." said Chad Brandolini (Vater's Director of Artist Relations). "David Lovering has been using the Vater 5A's for years now, so we're very excited to officially welcome him into the Vater Family!"


A few words from his peers: 


"From the first time I heard the opening drums on the Pixies 'Bone Machine' I became a fan of David Lovering. His style is unique and musical. I've logged a lot of hours listening to his drumming on those Pixies records and have always found his parts and approach to drumming fresh and exciting." -Josh Freese (Devo/A Perfect Circle/Weezer) 


"No one else sounds like David Lovering. He has his own "thing," and it's genius. I just saw the Pixies at the Ryman in Nashville recently and it was as powerful and as fresh as ever. I'm proud to be in the Vater family with him." -Fred Eltringham (KD Lang)


"No Pixies, No Boston Rock. No David Lovering, No Pixies...No Boston Rock. Dave Lovering is a Great Drummer!" -Mike Levesque (Seven Mary Three/Independent)


"David Lovering is one of rocks most underrated drummers. His drumming screams precision and taste."-Jose Medeles (The Breeders/1939 Ensemble)



About the Pixies:

The Pixies formed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1986. The group consists of Black Francis (vocals, rhythm guitar), Joey Santiago (lead guitar), Kim Deal (bass, vocals), and David Lovering (drums). While the Pixies found only modest success in their home country, they were significantly more successful in the United Kingdom and elsewhere in Europe, although never achieving prolonged mainstream success with their studio albums. The group disbanded in 1993 in acrimonious circumstances but reunited in 2004.

The group has been described as a big influence on the alternative rock boom of the 1990s, though they disbanded before reaping any of the benefits this might have brought them. Avowed fan Kurt Cobain's acknowledgement of the debt his band Nirvana owed to the Pixies, along with similar tributes by other alternative bands, helped the Pixies' legacy and popularity grow in the years following their break-up, leading to sold-out tours following their reunion in 2004.

In the 11 years following the break-up, rumors sometimes circulated regarding a reunion. Though Frank Black steadfastly dismissed them, he did begin to incorporate an increasing number of Pixies songs in his sets with The Catholics, and occasionally included Santiago in his solo work and Lovering's magic show as an opening act to concerts.

In 2003, a series of phone calls between band members resulted in some low-key rehearsals, and soon to a decision to reunite. By February 2004, a full tour was announced, and tickets for nearly all the initial tour dates sold out within minutes. The band's four night run at London's Brixton Academy was the fastest selling in the venue's 20 year history.

The Pixies played their first reunion concert on April 13, 2004 at The Fine Line Music Cafe in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and a warmup tour through the U.S. and Canada was followed by an appearance at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival. The band then spent much of 2004 touring throughout Brazil, Europe, Japan, and the U.S. The 2004 reunion tour reportedly grossed over $14 million in ticket sales.

In June 2004, the band released a new single, "Bam Thwok" exclusively on the iTunes Music Store. The song reached number one in the UK Official Download Chart. 4AD released Wave of Mutilation: The Best of Pixies, along with a companion DVD, entitled Pixies. The band also contributed a rendition of "Ain't That Pretty At All" to the Warren Zevon tribute album Enjoy Every Sandwich. The band continued to make appearances through 2006 and 2007, culminating in their first-ever appearances in Australia.

In order to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of Doolittle, the Pixies launched a tour in October 2009, in which all the album's songs and B-sides would be played. The tour began in Europe, continued in the United States in November, with Australia, New Zealand, and more European dates in spring 2010, and back to North America in autumn 2010 and into spring 2011.


The Pixies Live:

Here Comes Your Man

Where is My Mind


Wave of Mutilation

loudQUIETloud: A FILM ABOUT THE PIXIES - Official Trailer

Posted by Chad on Monday, April 25, 2011 12:04 PM

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

Scott Travis of Judas Priest Joins Vater

Vater Welcomes Metal Icon Scott Travis to the Artist Family!

Scott Travis is the drummer for the Grammy Award winning, heavy metal band Judas Priest. Scott’s long and very influential drumming career has also included acclaimed work with Fight and Racer-X.

Right now Scott is about to begin rehearsals with Judas Priest in England for what will become a very extensive, worldwide arena tour in 2011.

Scott Travis and Judas Priest have had such a massive influence on heavy metal music and musicians over the course of their 40 year career. Whether with Judas Priest, Fight or Racer-X, Scott’s licks and drum parts have been analyzed and awed by millions of drumming fanatics around the world. Speaking on behalf of everyone at Vater, we’re honored that Scott has chosen Vater sticks and I’m very excited to welcome him into our Artist Family.” Chad Brandolini (Vater Artist Relations Director)


Scott's influence on his peers:

"Scott Travis...the king of the feet! I first heard him with Racer-X and thought to myself, "You have to be kidding me!?!?". The minute he joined Judas Priest, they became a freight train! He's a bad man....period!!" -Morgan Rose (Sevendust)

"It's an honor for me to welcome the legendary Scott Travis to the Vater family. I have been a huge fan of his starting all the way back to his days in Racer X and following him throughout the years to his current position as the foundation of one the most iconic and influential metal bands of all time - Judas Priest. Scott has been a big influence on my playing. I have incorporated parts of "Scarified" from Racer X in my live solos and I used the drum intro from "Painkiller" from Judas Priest in the beginning of Disturbed's cover of "Livin After Midnight" from Judas Priest. Scott, I'm looking forward to seeing you out on tour with your new wood!" -Mike Wengren (Disturbed)

"I'll never forget the first time hearing the intro to Painkiller. I was in high school and completely blown away by the amazing footwork. Now, many years later, getting to watch him in person at some of these European festivals within the past couple of years, it really has come full circle for me. It's nice to watch and hear what he does so well throughout the years. Scott is a phenomenal player." -Chris Pennie (Coheed and Cambria)

"Scott Travis has played for some greeeaaat metal bands. Judas Priest, Racer X...I mean, come on! When Painkiller came out, what drummer wasn't locked in his/her room trying to nail that opening drum-lick of the title track?! I'm excited that I can tell people he uses the same drumsticks as me." -Matt Byrne (Hatebreed)

"Scott Travis is a huge influence on my drumming and seeing him with Judas Priest on the Painkiller tour when i was in high school was a life changing experience for me as a drummer. I'm psyched that he's using the greatest sticks in the world - Vater!" -Richard Christy (Charred Walls of the Damned)

"Many years ago, I remember hearing a band called "Racer X" and was immediately blown away by the power and precision of the drummer.... especially his double bass drumming on a song called "Scarified". That drummer was Scott Travis. He went on to play with Judas Priest and to this day is one of metal's most solid and influential double bass drummers!" -Brian Tichy (Whitesnake)

"Having Scott Travis on the Vater team is killer! He is a big influence and one of the first "true masters" of double bass playing. Thanks for all the years of inspiration, Scott!" -Derek Roddy (Serpent's Rise)

"Scott Travis is one the true double bass pioneers! His combination of chops and groove are unparalleled." -Jeremy Spencer (Five Finger Death Punch)


Scott Travis is now using the Vater Rock in Wood Tip.



Posted by Chad on Wednesday, December 29, 2010 9:51 AM

New Pink Stick Bag!

Vater Introduces Pink Stick Bag!


A stick bag designed for all the female drummers out there! This stick bag features an all-over “rocker girl” style print. Features 2 large outside pockets, with multiple pockets and pouches inside for tons of accessory storage space. Stick storage space is divided into 2 large sections and includes Velcro straps for hanging on floor toms.

Ask for them at your local music/drum store today!




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Posted by Chad on Friday, November 05, 2010 3:00 PM

Chris Dave Visits Vater

Chris "Daddy" Dave visited the Vater offices and factory during his 2 day visit to Boston Sept 22nd and 23rd. The 22nd consisted of a workshop with Chris and The Robert Glasper Experiment at Berklee College of Music Hosted by Vater Artist and Berklee Faculty Member Sean Skeete. Chris took some time after the workshop for some new Vater photos and video interview. 

Chris, a Vater Artist since 2002, made his first visit to the Vater offices and factory on the 23rd. Chris got to see first hand how Vater's sticks are manufactured. We then set up a lathe to work on some prototypes for Chris' upcoming Vater Artist Model Release. Details on the sticks coming soon! Vater Artist Charles Haynes (Kanye West) also popped by to hang for the day as well. 

 Later that night it was off to the Regatta Bar in Cambridge to see Chris perform once again to a packed crowd with The Robert Glasper  Expirement. 

"We were all very excited to have Chris Dave make his first visit to the Vater Headquarters" comments Chad Brandolini, Artist Relations Director. "Chris has been turning a lot of heads lately with his unique style and kit set up consisting of a bass drum and all snare drums along with stacked and cracked cymbals. We have always been honored to have Chris on board and are looking forward to introducing his Player's Design Model at NAMM 2011"

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Posted by Chad on Tuesday, September 28, 2010 10:41 AM
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