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Marching Drums

Overview

Pearl Marching Drums set the standard for sound and expectations in marching percussion. The drums have been used by a wide range of universities, drum corps, high schools, and other ensembles for decades. Pearl has been creating marching drums since the 1980's and has refined their offerings over the years into what is now currently available.

Pearl Drums are divided into 4 distinct categories:

Pearl Championship Series (Best suited for High School, College/University, Drum Corps, Indoor Percussion, and professional groups)

Pearl Competitor Series (Best suited for non-competitive Jr.High/Middle Schools, budget minded groups, entry-level performers)

Pearl Medalist Series (Designed for Pipe Band & Scottish Drumming)

Pearl Parade Series (Designed for Military and European Style Drumming)

Each category is created to provide a genre-specific product line that is best suited for that percussive environment. When choosing a drum, it is best to match the drum to the expected genre and average performer that will be using the items.

For a more detailed overview, check out our Pearl Drums Blog that details the unique specifics of each category.

Championship Maple

The Championship Maple Series is the standard option for marching percussion from Pearl. The drum features Maple shells, high-tension capabilities, and the highest quality hardware.

The Maple series is geared towards performers ranging from teenage thru adulthood, in activities such as competition, university, drum corps, community, and sporting events.

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Championship Carbon Core

The Carbon Core Series is the top-shelf offering from Pearl, and features a Maple base, with a carbon fiber layer on the inside. The drum offers enhanced response, tonal definition, and sonic capabilities when used with the proper mix of heads and tuning.

The drums are built for high-tension tuning and are available in a variety of color offerings. The Carbon Core series is geared towards performers ranging from teenage thru adulthood, in competitive and events where the projection and definition is needed the most.

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Championship Carbon Ply

The Carbon Ply Series is the mid-range offering between the Maple and Carbon Core Series and features plies of carbon fiber on both the outside and inside of the drum. The core of the drum is African Mahogany which offers a distinct warm sound with enhanced resonance. 

The drums are built for high-tension tuning and are only offered in the black carbon fiber scheme. The Carbon Ply series is geared towards performers ranging from mature teenage thru adulthood, in competitive and events where the projection and definition is needed the most.

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Medalist Pipe Band Series

The Pipe Band Series is the essential offering for pipe drumming, and offers performers features that are vital to accurate requirements of a true pipe drum. The snares feature a birch shell, while the bass drum and tenors utilize maple. The Medalist Series has distinct looks that separate them from the other standard models from Pearl.

The drums are built to meet the tuning requirements from each category and are geared towards intermediate to advanced players of varying ages.

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Competitor Series

The Competitor Series is the intermediate offering that is geared towards older elementary and middle school students. The drums are capable of low to moderate tension tuning with an additional choice of a high-tension snare.

This series is only available in 2 colors with standard silver hardware.

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Junior Marching Sereies

The Jim Kilpatrick Pipe Band Series Carriers are specialized designed through a partnership between Jim Kilpatrick & Randall May. Featuring many of the same features and benefits of the Posto Series, this line of products has slight variants that are beneficial and essential to the field of Pipe Band, Scottish, and Traditional Style drumming.

This line features Snare, Single Tenor, and Bass carrier options.

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Parade Series

The Jim Kilpatrick Pipe Band Series Carriers are specialized designed through a partnership between Jim Kilpatrick & Randall May. Featuring many of the same features and benefits of the Posto Series, this line of products has slight variants that are beneficial and essential to the field of Pipe Band, Scottish, and Traditional Style drumming.

This line features Snare, Single Tenor, and Bass carrier options.

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Viscount Series

The Jim Kilpatrick Pipe Band Series Carriers are specialized designed through a partnership between Jim Kilpatrick & Randall May. Featuring many of the same features and benefits of the Posto Series, this line of products has slight variants that are beneficial and essential to the field of Pipe Band, Scottish, and Traditional Style drumming.

This line features Snare, Single Tenor, and Bass carrier options.

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