· Mid to Late 1980's
o An undergraduate student at Middle Tennessee State University, Erik T. Johnson starts making his own personal mallets purely to achieve his desired sound and reduce expenses for studies. Also receives requests from friends for rewrap mallets.
· Late 1980s
o After extensive experimentation with raw materials, the Field Series FS150, FS250, and FS350 are developed.
o Develops the Concert Series of four marimba mallets that evolves into today’s Soloist Series
o Erik Johnson graduates from The University of North Texas. Moves back to Tennessee with ideas to start a company; recruiting friends and students to help with production. Becomes adjunct faculty member at Middle Tennessee State University and teaches McGavock High School percussion, Riverdale High School percussion, Nite Express Drum & Bugle Corps, and private lessons to assist with finances
o Recruits help from MTSU college student, Chris Long
o Seeks influential performers and university professors to endorse his high class mallets which expose the mallets to audiences, educators, and future educators across the country.
o Markets to some of the country’s largest retail sources for percussion. Models included the Concert Series, FS150, FS250, FS350, and TD500
o First Innovative Percussion logo created.
o Chris Long joins Innovative Percussion as a mallet craftsman; is currently Vice President of Operations
o First time exhibiting at PAS Convention in New Orleans
o Drum Corps express an interest in using Innovative Percussion mallets
o Innovative Percussion, Inc. is established as a corporation.
o Introduces the company’s first signature product with a four model mallet series. Now known as the Soloist Series, the series still contains some of today’s most popular marimba mallets.
o Erik joins The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps as Front Ensemble Consultant which provides a testing ground for new products
o Begins publishing music with Head Talk, Invention, and Stubernic by Mark Ford; November Evening by Christopher Norton, Passage by Lynn Glassock, Undercurrents by Mario Gaetano, and Sherzo Brilliante by Harold Jones. Also distributes pieces by Christopher Deane. Pieces have been added every year since; currently offering over 100 titles.
o Erik Johnson continues to pioneer new sound possibilities as the Front Ensemble Technician for The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps
o Operations move from friend’s upstairs bonus room and garage to an office warehouse suite
o Innovative Percussion adds Rattan Series RS201 and RS301 along with Field Series additions RFS320 and RFS420. Creates the Ensemble Series converting the TD500 to the ENS260(R) and introducing the ENS360(R). Adds a 5th mallet to the Soloist Series, the IP240 which has been the most popular mallet in company history.
o Develop and trademark our new and current Innovative Percussion, Inc. logo.
o James Ross joins the Innovative Percussion Family and assists in developing the first series of orchestral mallets.
o Add products ENS60(R), FS550(R), FS650(R), ENS760(R)
o Erik Johnson joins The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps as the Front Ensemble Arranger providing the perfect environment to continue expanding the color pallet for keyboard instruments
o William Moersch joins the Innovative Percussion Family and designs a signature model series for concert marimba
o Lowell Layne joins the Innovative Percussion family as Director of Financial Operations
o Rent the adjacent suite for additional space, doubling the square footage
o Hire George Barrett as Chief Executive Officer to assist in increasing domestic and international sales, as well as using his knowledge of the industry for relations and product development.
o Ethan Chastain joins Innovative Percussion; is currently Operations Manager
o Went from two company computers to four.
o Robin Engelman joins Innovative Percussion Family and develops signature Ensemble Series mallets.
o Mark Ford Series “Legato” Marimba Mallets is introduced.
o Jim Casella Series is introduced as the first ever signature series specifically designed for the marching front ensemble.
o Develop drumsticks and drum mallets to become more competitive in the market and, in doing so, sought a new level of endorsers in the drum corps, educational, and symphonic activities.
o Acquire additional warehouse space.
o Designs faster and more consistent machine for wrapping mallets along with a machine to apply latex covering.
o Open relations with international customers in Asia and Europe followed by Australia and Canada.
o Establish sales to distributors/wholesalers, which would be able to offer the products to many more music dealers across the United States.
o Bret Kuhn Signature Model FS-BK is IP’s first marching signature stick product.
o Other pioneering stick products included IP-1, FS-1, TS-1
o Multi-tom mallets to include both an aluminum series and a wood handle series; introducing our “fulcrum notched” wood handles which were also used for the line of Field Series Bass Mallets.
o The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps become the first corps to win DCI and High Percussion using Innovative Percussion products exclusively
o James Campbell Signature Model concert snare drumstick is introduced
o Lalo Davila Signature Model concert snare drumstick and LS-LD timbale stick are introduced
o Paul Rennick Signature Field Series model FS-PR marching snare drumstick is launched
o New Concert Series to include mallets for concert bass drum, gong, and timpani.
o Anders Åstrand introduces his AA25 signature vibe/marimba mallet
o Introduces Fundamental Series mallets to provide a quality economical line for young percussionists
o IP displays at conventions: Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA), Texas Band Masters Association (TBA), Midwest Clinic, and National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM).
o Moves to present location in Nashville, Tennessee.
o Christopher Lamb joins Innovative Percussion; develops his Signature Series of Concert Snare Drumsticks
o Innovative Percussion introduces the AS-MM Arena Series Mike McIntosh Signature Snare Drumstick
o Solid red oak Field Series Timpani Mallets are introduced
o Fundamental Packs introduced, providing the necessary tools for beginning through college bound students
o Stick and Mallet Bags introduced, distinguishing Innovative Percussion from other brands
o Unveil a new large wall display at PASIC ‘02
o Company’s first CD-ROM catalog
o Ed Soph joins Innovative Percussion; helps design and introduce the first Drumset sticks
o Arena Series Bass Drum Mallets introduced for the indoor percussion environment consisting of the industry’s first full-bodied felt ball design to have a tapered impact area.
o Innovative Percussion introduces the AS-BK Arena Series Bret Kuhn Signature Model Snare Drumstick
o Innovative Percussion introduces brushes and alternative sticks
o Acquires new machinery to place images on products more quickly
o Become involved with Winter Guard International Begins working with winter drumline organizations.
o Bob Breithaupt joins Innovative Percussion family
o Dan Moore helps develop his DM20 signature vibe/marimba mallet
o James Ancona joins Innovative Percussion. Develops Marching Keyboard Mallets with darker, warmer choices for marching
o Henry Go Joins the Innovative Percussion family as Customer Service Representative
o Rattan Artist Series models introduced as an expansion to Rattan Series Vibe Mallets
o Mike McIntosh Signature Model Field Series Snare Drumstick is introduced
o Team up with Sullivan Group to provide consistent service and selection for line of wearables.
o Displays overseas at the Musik Messe, Frankfurt, Germany
o Music City Mystique wins WGI Independent World Class becoming the first marching ensemble to win WGI playing Innovative Percussion products exclusively
o Janis Potter and Innovative Percussion develop a new five-mallet series.
o Jerry Tachoir and Innovative Percussion introduce the JT23 signature vibraphone mallet to the Rattan Artist Series line
o Nick Phillips joins the Innovative Percussion family as Assistant Marketing Manager
o Innovative Percussion introduces Bob Breithaupt Signature Series BB-1 Drumset stick in maple
o Christopher Lamb redesigns two existing models using laminated birch
o Jim Casella Signature Model Field Series Snare Drumstick FS-JC is introduced
o “Shorty” Multi-tom stick is added to the multi tom line
o Steel Drum Mallets, both aluminum and wood models are introduced
o Four new Multi-Tom implements are added: AT-1A, AT-2, AT-2M, FT4A
o The Orchestral Series xylophone and glockenspiel mallets are developed in conjunction with artist Chris Deviney
o Innovative Percussion expands drumset stick offering with the addition of 5A, 5B, and 2B models
o Tim Fairbanks develops AS-TF to add to our Arena Series Marching Drumsticks
o The Top 3 Independent World groups, Music City Mystique, Rhythm X, and Aimachi, play Innovative Percussion exclusively
o Ludwig Albert joins Innovative Percussion Team and develops Signature Series marimba models
o Expands the Artist Rattan Series with four additional Anders Åstrand models
o The General Timpani Series mallets are added to the timpani mallet selection
o The CL-3L is added to the Christopher Lamb Series
o IP introduces FS-PR2, a second Paul Rennick Signature Model marching snare drumstick
o Field Series Bass mallets (FBX)with tapered handle are now offered
o The Azucar and Mambo Lalo Davila Timbale Stick Models are introduced
o Nebojsa Zivkovic Joins Innovative Percussion Family and introduces Signature Series Marimba Mallets with oversized cedar or classic rattan handles
o Innovative Percussion introduces four new Mark Ford expansion models
o She-E Wu joins Innovative Percussion and develops Signature Series Marimba Mallets with six varied models
o Bob Breithaupt Combo Model BB-2 is added in white hickory
o IP introduces the IP-HB “Hybrid” model to the growing line of combo sticks
o CC-1 chime hammer is introduced.
o Carol Carpenter joins Marketing Team to assist in West Coast Artist Relations
o Phantom Regiment wins DCI & High Percussion becoming the second corps to win DCI & High Percussion using Innovative Percussion exclusively
o Four out of 5 top scoring DCI Champinships drumlines use Innovative Percussion exclusively
o Added 2500 sq. ft to warehouse space
o Bamboo Series Timpani Mallets introduced
o New Ensemble Series introduced in conjunction with Julie Davila
o Tim Jackson Joins Innovative Percussion Family; develops Tim Jackson Signature model Tenor Stick TS-TJ
o Tim Fairbanks signature model field series snare stick makes debut (FS-TF)
o New Alternative sticks and brushes are released: WBR-1, WBR-2, Jamz, Flipz, BR-5W Bundle Stick, BR-8 Fanned Caps, BR-9 Fanned bundle stick.
o Expansion of drumset sticks to include IP-7A and IP-RK White Hickory models
o Practice Pads are introduced.
o The FS-SG Field Series Shane Gwaltney snare drum stick is released
o Members of USC Marching Band perform with Radiohead on Grammy Awards live broadcast on ABC (1st Innovative Percussion group on Grammy Award broadcast)
o Innovative Percussion sweeps top 3 in percussion at DCI: Phantom Regiment, The Cavaliers, and Bluecoats
o Development of Tom Rarick Signature Keyboard Mallets which contribute to front ensemble options for vibraphone and marimba
o Bundlz and Bundlz-Lite are introduced both in birch and bamboo models
o Introducing Sweepz with fanned bundle on butt end and Hybrid drumset stick on the other.
o Innovative Percussion announces Tim Jackson Signature Model Tenor Stick TS-TJ2
o Innovative Percussion artist Matt Billingslea with Lady Antebellum perform on Grammy Awards live broadcast on ABC becoming the first Innovative Percussion drumset artist on Grammy Award broadcast
o David Friedman joins Innovative Percussion family; develops Signature Series Vibraphone and Marimba mallets
o She-E Wu Signature Series expanded to include WU5C and WU6C Concert Models
o Introducing the addition of the Christopher Lamb Series Orchestral Chime Beaters
o Drumset sticks expand with eight new models: IP3A(N), IP-5AL(N), IP-5BL(N), IP-SR, and IP-CR
o Rich Mangicaro joins Marketing Team to assist in Drumset Artist Relations
o Ike Jackson joins Innovative Percussion Family
o Top Honors go to The Cavaliers Drum & Bugle Corps, DCI High Percussion; Music City Mystique, WGI Independent World Class Champions, Minnesota Brass, High Percussion; Broken Arrow High School, National Marching Band Champions
o Innovative Percussion registers “IP” logo
o IP enters into partnership with Winterguard International (WGI)
o Expansion of Dan Moore Signature Series to include new models
o WU4C Concerto Model added to the She-e Wu Signature Series
o The OS10 practice mallet is designed in conjunction with Chris Deviney of the Philadelphia Orchestra; new to the orchestral series
o Soloist Series, our most popular series of solo marimba mallets, is offered on unfinished birch handles
o Innovative Percussion introduces the IP-JZ BIG BAND combo stick
o Joey Waronker joins the Innovative Percussion Family
o Multi-talented and versatile drummer Herman Mathews joins the Innovative Percussion Family
o Renowned marimbist Pius Cheung joins the Innovative Percussion Family
o Steelpan artist Liam Teague joins the Innovative Percussion Family
o Casey Cangellosi joins the Innovative Percussion Family
o R&B Master drummer James Gadson joins the IP Family
o IP welcomes Pedro Carneiro, solo classical percussionist, to artist family
o Drumming Virtuoso Chad Wackerman joins the IP Family
o Music Icon Sheila E joins the Innovative Percussion artist family
o Innovative Percussion introduces the Legacy Series, featuring a traditional teardrop bead on several of our existing drumset models
o The Joey Waronker Signature Model is launched
o The Sandi Rennick Signature Series keyboard mallets is introduced, designed with the amplified keyboard section in mind
o Kennan Wylie assists to develop his signature concert model snare drumstick
o The Ike Jackson Signature Series Marching Snare Drumstick is launched
o Introduce the Chad Wackerman Signature Series Model for drumset
o Introduce the Sheila E. Signature Series Model for drumset
o Latin Percussionist Luisito Quintero joins IP, assists to develop his signature model
o IP welcomes Peter Michael Escovedo III, two-time Emmy nominated Producer and Musical Director
o IP welcomes talented Drummer/Percussionist Shannon Forrest to our artist family
o IP welcomes Chris McHugh, touring drummer and musical director for Keith Urban
o Joey Waronker Studio Model #2 is introduced
o Chris McHugh Signature Model is launched for drumset
o IP introduces Christopher Lamb Orchestral Series Xylophone Mallets to include rosewood crafted models
o The Pius Cheung Series Marimba Mallets are launched featuring six models on rattan wrapped in unique Alpaca-blend yarn
o Casey Cangelosi Series Marimba mallets are introduced wrapped in bamboo-blended cord; two softest models also available in yarn wrap
o IP artist Julie Davila inducted into the WGI Hall of Fame
o Santa Clara Vanguard, under Percussion Arranger and Caption Manager Paul Rennick and Front Ensemble Arranger Sandi Rennick, captured the 2014 Fred Sanford Best Percussion Performance Award!