Custom Mapex bass drum owned by Will Calhoun

Manufactured by
Mapex, founded 1989
Remo, Inc., American, founded 1957
Used by
Will Calhoun, American, born 1964
Subject of
Living Colour, American, founded 1984
metal, thermoplastic polyester, rubber
29 × 30 × 22 in. (73.7 × 76.2 × 55.9 cm)
bass drums
A custom made Mapex Orion bass drum played by Will Calhoun in performances with the band Living Colour. The shell is highly polished silver colored metal with an overlay of etched steel featuring bands of Egyptian art designs of human figures in profile and hieroglyphs. The drum has a black plastic rim and gold-plated hardware for the drum heads. The drum has two foldable, adjustable metal stands with rubber soles and a mount on the top side to hold the tom drum assembly. Just in front of the mount is an engraved silver plaque reading [MAPEX / Orion Series / MADE IN CHINA / 002864]. The front head is a clear plastic Remo Powerstroke 3 drumhead with the logo in black pigment and two white Remo kick pads adhered to it. The back head is a black tinted Mapex drum head with the logo in white lettering and an enforced circular hole to the right.
African American
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Popular music
Rock and roll (Music)
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Will Calhoun
Object number
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Data Source
National Museum of African American History and Culture

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