You can make money by playing drums, but it isn’t necessarily easy. A small percentage of drummers wind up being paid retainers, per diems, and royalties by playing with international acts. But there are other ways to make a living as a drummer on a regional or local scale. Most professional drummers play gigs, or shows, which can make up a significant amount of a monthly salary. Many drummers teach part time or work in music stores to supplement their income. Still others publish method books, produce drum videos, and launch websites. We know one famous drummer who makes peanut brittle as a side business. It helps to be creative.