From left: Brad Smith, Hal Leonard vice president of MI products; Chris Lombardi, Drum Workshop CEO; Don Lombardi, Drum Workshop founder; Larry Morton, Hal Leonard president; and Doug Lady, Hal Leonard senior vice president.


DW Announces Distribution Deal
with Hal Leonard

Drum Workshop has announced that effective February 1, Hal Leonard will serve as the exclusive U.S. distributor for several of its product lines, including Gibraltar hardware, KAT, Percussion Plus Drums and CB Percussion lines. In addition, Hal Leonard will be the U.S. sales representative for the Gretsch Renown, Catalina and Energy lines of entry level and mid-priced drum sets.

Gretsch USA, Broadkaster and Brooklyn Series models will continue to be manufactured at the Gretsch facility in Ridgeland, South Carolina, with Drum Workshop selling, distributing and servicing the products domestically. DW Drums and Hardware, Pacific Drums and Percussion (PDP), Latin Percussion (LP) and Ovation Guitars also remain part of the Drum Workshop family of brands.

"Hal Leonard is simply the right choice to help us grow these brands within the domestic U.S. market," said Drum Workshop President and CEO Chris Lombardi. "I'm impressed with their considerable dealer network, and more importantly, the way they build relationships that parallels our way of doing business. We're thrilled to be working with their team and excited for the future."

Best known as the largest publisher of music education materials, songbooks, sheet music, books, DVDs and digital products with over 220,00 available products and publications, Hal Leonard represents many well known publishers, artists, songwriters, arrangers and manufacturers. In addition, Hal Leonard is also a major distributor for musical instruments, gear, accessories and recording products including Avid/Pro Tools, Blue Mics, IK Multimedia, Line 6, PreSonus and Samson.

"We're honored Drum Workshop chose us to represent these highly respected brands and excited about these lines catapulting the growth of our drum and percussion division," said Doug Lady, Hal Leonard senior vice president. "We already have a dedicated team of passionate, in-house percussion specialists to present and service these legendary brands to all our music dealer customers."

"The addition of these incredible lines gives our music retailers a reason to source all their drum and percussion gear from Hal Leonard," said Brad Smith, Hal Leonard's vice president of MI products. "We're excited about introducing new dealers to these lines in the music education market and finding ways to co-produce product bundles with Drum Workshop brands and Hal Leonard content to help get new drummers playing."