By Salman Haqqi Published September 21, 2009
Roger Kowalewski got the custom drum itch in high school, when he decided the best way to get exactly what he wanted was to start building his own. He got his feet wet with snares, and then graduated into designing and building complete kits. Battlefield Drum Company — the name was inspired by a song and a bible verse — was born in 2004.
Today, Battlefield fills a niche constructing top-quality kits for pop, rock, punk, and gospel drummers from its San Bernardino County facility. Most customers order a 4-piece setup, and many order wood hoops, which Battlefield has applied to both acrylic and standard kits. The company also offers a huge “cleaver” hoop that’s about four inches thick, as well as vintage wood hoops. Kowalewski takes pride in the handwork that goes into each one. “We cut our own bearing edges, we hand sand them until they are perfect. We double check everything and won’t send anything out that is not the best.”
According to Kowalewski, the light-blue acrylic kit with black hardware is his top seller, and lately he’s received many requests for vintage wraps, such as aged white pearl. The biggest challenge for Battlefield is manufacturing. “Sometimes we get more orders than we can fulfill,” Kowalewski says. “We don’t want to sacrifice quality so we have to extend wait times.” Top-quality Battlefield kits start at about $3,200.
Contact Battlefield Drum Co., P.O. Box 9058. Alta Loma, CA 91701. (909) 938-4896 battlefielddrums.com