Rhythm Band Instruments (RBI) has acquired Grover Pro Percussion. Since 1979 Grover Pro has been found in many high-end concert halls as a well respected maker of orchestral percussion instruments, including triangles, tambourines, and concert snare drums.
“We are thrilled to be able to work with Neil Grover and to offer the world-class instruments and accessories that Neil has designed,” said RBI president Brad Kirkpatrick in a statement dated May 10. “For as long as I’ve been in the music industry, Neil has designed products with the performer in mind… all of the products he produces are exceptional.”
Grover Pro was founded by Neil Grover, who has performed for over 40 years with both the Boston Symphony and Boston Pops. He can be heard on many Boston Pops recordings as well as movie scores like Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom and Phillip Glass’ Mishima. He is the former chair of the percussion programs at both the Boston Conservatory and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell, and has served on the Board of Directors of the Percussive Arts Society.
“I’m really excited to be joining RBI and I intend to remain very active in the design of new products, as well as continuing a role I’ve always enjoyed in demonstrating and teaching percussion techniques to both professionals and students,” said Grover. “I’m confident that with RBI’s existing distribution machine and ability to improve Grover Pro marketing, the brand I created will flourish.”
RBI has been distributing musical instruments and music education material from Fort Worth, Texas for nearly 60 years. Recent notable acquisition include the tuned musical tubes Boomwhackers (2009) and the Toca Percussion brand of hand percussion instruments (2016). Other brands in RBI’s catalog include Odery and Atempo.
“I don’t know if we’re more excited about adding the exceptional Grover Pro products to our existing offerings or working with Neil Grover on new product development and introductions,” said Lane Davy, executive vice-president for sales and marketing at RBI. “We are supremely confident that he’ll help us further the image and use of Toca products in the education world, but we are also looking forward to introducing certain tools and products that Neil has in the design phase for the education market, including the elementary instruments which are the historical foundation of the company. Coupled with the planned growth in Grover Pro sales, the next few years are going to be very exciting for RBI.”