After discovering the potential of industrial hemp, our founder Sean Andres transformed his custom vibraphone/marimba mallet shop, Pyro Percussion LLC, into Taproot Drums. Our focus shifted exclusively to using Hempwood and other sustainable, ethically sourced materials for a reimagined product line.
We do more than just make drums – we aspire to inspire positive change in the products we all use daily.
April 2023 marked our pioneering snare and practice pad pre-order campaign where our founder received the NAMM President’s Innovation Award in Anaheim, CA.
From the outset, our drums signaled the beginning of a broader journey of creating eco-friendly instruments. Our growth propels us to explore new materials, sustainably sourced, always urging others to follow.
With custom jigs designed in a virtual reality 3-D design program, our products are all crafted by hand right in our own shop here in Pennsylvania. Our shop is outfitted with tables and workbenches rescued from discard/permanent storage, with all scrap-wood pieces saved for future projects. Our Pittsburgh location allows us to engage with drumming communities across both the Northeast and Midwest without extensive travel.
Rooted in Pittsburgh, we're on a path to a greener future, leaving a healthier planet for generations ahead.
We are committed to sustainability and growth.
Just like a taproot, which anchors a plant in the soil and provides the foundation for growth, we believe that we can inspire a wave of musicians who desire eco-friendly alternatives to the exotic and domestic woods that are over-harvested around the world.
While other industries play a much larger part in the harvesting of our planet's forests, we as musicians can serve as the taste-makers for a societal shift towards more conscious consumption of natural resources.