Custom Drum Makers Raise Money For Stauffer Family

Dennis Stauffer

Last January we reported on the tragic death of Dennis Stauffer – founder and builder of Phattie, Black Label, Cocktail, Sounds Like Art, and Steam Bent Drums – who died in a car crash near his home in Asheville, North Carolina. Since then the tight-knit custom drum-making community has banded together to raise money for Stauffer’s family by launching the Love Your Drums Fundraiser. Working with the Sweet Relief Musicians Fund, the drawing features a host of snare drums and three full drum kits with a total estimated value of nearly $30,000. Winners will be chosen at random on May 20, during the Chicago Drum Show, where the entire collection of drums will be on display. Donations are $10 per entry, and can be made at the Sweet Relief website or in person during the Chicago Drum Show.