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Kevin and Jane Reed, the Son-and-Mother drum building team are picking up the tempo.  The makers of the Trash Kat, an urban-looking, timpani- sounding floor drum fashioned from a galvanized can, rapidly outgrew their old drum workshop almost as soon as they moved in two years ago.   The good news is that they found a larger one nearly in their backyard. 

Since May, they have been coordinating a massive remodeling project on the 11,000 square foot building, of which 4,200 square feet now houses their drum building shop.  The three other units will be leased out.  Located on Ohio Route 42, a few miles from Interstate-71, it is conveniently located in one of the fastest growing counties in the state.  With 300 feet of frontage, their first priority was to improve its curb appeal: fresh paint inside and out, new storefront windows and shop doors, clean up of the nearly four-acre lot, and a bit of landscaping around the “torpedo” pole.  Yes, the building sports what the locals call a torpedo.  The now green, 25 foot long missile-shaped object is perched above the building on a pole, aimed at the horizon.  It is a local landmark from the early days when a military surplus store occupied the site and according to Jane, works better than GPS in identifying the shop.

The added space offers Trash Kat designer, Kevin Reed, room for product line expansion.  “I have many ideas, but had no room in our old workshop to work on them, “he explains.  “We hope to introduce a new drum in 2008.”

ThunderEcho Drum Company - Trash KatYet, 2007 was a great year for the original Trash Kat drum, adding to the list of notable Trash Kat enthusiasts such as Adrian Young, John Mahon, Rodger Carter, Eric Darken, Chris Rubio, Recycled Percussion, Street Drum Corps, the Lionel Hampton School of Music, NAMM’s Museum of Making Music, and being placed in the Van’s Warped Tour Exhibit in Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  In 2007 the Trash Kat became a favorite of Nashville’s Eric Darkin, four-time Academy of Country Music Award  nominee.

On the West Coast, the virtues of the Trash Kat are being drummed by no less than Brian MacLeod, LA songwriter and drummer whose credits include Madonna, Sheryl Crow, Tears for Fears, Jewel, Melissa Etheridge, The The, Christina Aguilera, Ziggy Marley and many others.  Brian calls the Trash Kat his “secret weapon.”  Andy Korn, drummer for Ronnie Spector and Josh FixStomp.  So ThunderEcho Drum Company’s new drum workshop will accommodate ever-increasing production. started playing the Kat in 2007, as did Chris Rubio of

You can try out the Trash Kat at ThunderEcho Booth #427 during the Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC) in Columbus Ohio, November 1-3, 2007, or come further north to the new workshop.  Kevin and Jane and the Kat would love to see you.

For more information about the Percussive Arts Society International Convention in Columbus, Ohio November 1-3, 2007, please visit http://www.pasic.org

For more information about ThunderEcho Drum Company or leasing the 4800 or 1000 square foot commercial space, please call Jane Garson Reed, 330.225.1488 or visit their website at www.ThunderEchoDrums.com .  The Trash Kat, 20” floor tom is available for purchase in continental USA from ThunderEcho Drums by phone, fax, and mail or as a special order from music retailers or online merchants. “ThunderEcho” and “Trash Kat” are trademarks of ThunderEcho Drum Company.  The Trash Kat drum is patent pending.

About ThunderEcho Drums
The ThunderEcho Drum Company’s workshop is located in Medina, Ohio. Drummer and traumatic brain injury survivor, Kevin Reed, and his mother Jane started the company in 2001. Kevin began developing the Trash Kat as a vocational rehabilitation project while recovering from a catastrophic work injury and ensuing 75-day coma.


Jane Garson Reed, Co-Owner
ThunderEcho Drum Company
2351 Pearl Road, Unit 102
Medina, Ohio 44256
330.225.1488 (office), 330.225.9011 (fax)