Custom snare drum owned by Will Calhoun

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A custom made Mapex Black Panther 14-inch snare 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 silver metal rim and ten silver metal lugs for the drum heads on the top and bottom. Between two sets of lugs is a metal mount to attach the drum to a drum stand. On the opposite side of the drum is another silver metal piece of hardware that holds the snare tight across the bottom of the drum. There is a black and gold oval plaque to the proper left of the drum mount which reads [PRECIOUS METAL series / S00417 CHINA]. On the opposite side of the drum is another black and gold plaque with the Black Panther logo. The drumhead is a Remo Weatherking Coated Ambassador made of coated mylar film. The underside of the drum is a Remo Weatherking Ambassador drumhead made of clear mylar film, it also features the Black Panther logo at the top edge of the drumhead. The metallic snare is stretched across the bottom of the drum and attached via plastic tabs to the adjustable metal hardware on the sides of the drum.
Credit Line
Collection of the Smithsonian National Museum of African American History and Culture, Gift of Will Calhoun
Restrictions & Rights
No Known Copyright Restrictions
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Musical Instruments
Musical Crossroads
On View
NMAAHC (1400 Constitution Ave NW), National Mall Location, Culture/Fourth Floor, 4 053
Object number
Manufactured by
Mapex, founded 1989
Used by
Will Calhoun, American, born 1964
Manufactured by
Remo, Inc., American, founded 1957
Subject of
Living Colour, American, founded 1984
African American
Funk (Music)
Instrumentalists (Musicians)
Metal (Music)
Popular music
Rock and roll (Music)
metal, mylar, plastic
6 1/2 × 18 × 16 in. (16.5 × 45.7 × 40.6 cm)
National Museum of African American History and Culture
snare drums