Randy Pratt

Sweetwater's Randy Pratt Passes Away

Randy Pratt, senior category manager of drums and percussion at Sweetwater, passed away on May 8 after an extended illness. He was 55 years old.

Sweetwater released the following tribute:

"It is with deep sadness that Sweetwater announces the passing of our dear friend and co-worker Randy Pratt. Randy was an industry legend in the drum and percussion world, having been a mainstay in the industry for more than 25 years. We were privileged to have Randy join the Sweetwater team in April of 2015, when he became our senior category manager of drums and percussion. He was responsible for all drum and percussion merchandising and inventory planning, and — in concert with key vendor partners — developed exclusive drum and percussion training programs for the sales team. Randy was a highly talented drummer himself, which made him an invaluable resource both to Sweetwater and to the music instrument industry.

"Randy was never without a smile on his face, a kind word, or an offer to help — as his many, many friends will readily attest. His loss will be felt here at Sweetwater, by manufacturers and artists in the industry, and by his countless friends and loving family. Our condolences to his family on his passing. We will miss you, Randy."