As a professional drummer, it’s important to completely prepared for performances and rehearsals. In addition to having your music down, you want to have the right tools for the job.
First and foremost, you want to have a good drum set and cymbals. Be sure to invest in cases for your drums. Make sure that you have every single part of your drum kit before you leave. A checklist will help you make sure everything is accounted for.
According to the Drumming System (affiliate link), Here’s a list of some things that you will want to have on you at all times:
It’s important to have a good stick bag with extra drum sticks. Not only do you have extra sticks, but you can put small tools. Here’s a list of tools you want to keep in your stick bag:
- Duct Tape – sometimes things break, such as cymbal stands.
- Muffling – Moongel (affiliate link) is great.
- Cymbal felts – these get lost in transit sometimes. You might take a cymbal off and the felt goes flying.
- Small towel – you sweat.
- Pens and pencils – you might need to make notes in your music or take down someone’s phone number.
- Business cards – always be ready to promote yourself.
- Drum keys – you can never have enough drum keys. Have at least 1,500… just kidding. You get the idea.
- Headphones or in-ear monitors – I bring my Vic Firth Isolation Headphones (affiliate link) with me and 1/4 to 1/8 inch adapters.
- Rubber bass drum hoop protectors – these can easily dissappear.
- Extra wing nuts in a few different tread sizes – make sure you buy the right wing nuts for the brand of hardware you use.
- Adjustable wrench – this can be used in place of a drum key and can fix anything!
- Extra bass drum pedal springs – if your spring breaks, your bass drum pedal will stop working completely.
- Sticks, brushes, and mallets – I personally prefer to keep sticks, hot rods, wire brushes, and cymbal mallets in my bag.
In your cymbal case or bag, bring extra cymbals, just in case. I have an second ride that doubles as a crash. Also, bring an extra t-shirt and towel. The last thing that someone wants to do is talk to you if your covered in sweat. Finally, bring a bottle of water. Keep yourself hydrated.
Being over prepared is not a bad thing at all. Trust me, something will go wrong at a gig.