By Andy Doerschuk Published August 13, 2010
Bob Beals (center) flanked by Peter Erskine (left) and Jim D’Addario (right) at the 2005 tenth anniversary party of D’Addario/Evans marriage
The drumming industry lost a pivotal figure on August 7 when the former president of Evans Products, Bob Beals, passed away. Beals purchased the company in 1959, only a few years after founder Chick Evans walked into Beals’ Dodge City, Kansas shop and demonstrated his new invention — the Mylar drumhead. After aquiring the company’s assets, Beals began refining the design with such innovative concepts as the Hydraulic head. In 1995, after more than 37 years of success, Beals sold Evans to D'Addario & Company, Inc., the world's largest musical string producer. Beals married his lifelong love, Shirley, had two children, Barbara Roberts and Janalee Beals (and son-in-law, Paul Skinner), and three grandchildren, Nathan Roberts, Rebecca Roberts, and Elizabeth Beals-Colson (and grandson-in-law, Stefan Colson). He is also survived by his brother, Harold Beals.