Marissa and I had a busy year in 2012. We graduated college in May, got married in July, moved from Maine to Massachusetts in September, and held the Grand Opening of The Drum Shop North Shore in November. Since then, we've been plugging along to create our vision of the ideal local drum shop. DSNS is meant to be more than a place to get drum sticks and heads - it's a meeting place for area musicians - a place to get inspired and make new friends.
There's a stigma that local shops are more expensive and offer less selection than the big box stores, but that's not the case at DSNS. We have a superior selection at the best prices around. We work hard to exceed your expectations and stay within your budget. Please come down and see what we're all about.
~ Nate Morrison
Nate & Marissa Morrison (Owners)
Nate works full time in the shop doing his best to deliver the goods. His strong suits are product knowledge, drum tuning, and finding you the perfect cymbal.
Marissa balances a full-time job as a social worker in a group home for autistic adults with her time in the shop. She is master organizer, drum head finder, and motivator. This shop would fall apart without her!
Kenzie & Rambo (entertaining children and adults alike)
Kenzie came into our lives shortly after we opened the shop. Rambo joined us three years later. They help fill the void until we have our own children. Kenzie maintains a busy schedule barking at any dog in her sights while Rambo runs full blast toward any incoming customers. Stop by and see them anytime!
The DRum Hang
building our drum community
It is my goal to help bring drummers together under one roof whenever possible. That's why we put together "The Drum Hang" on the first Wednesday of each month. Typically, each event features a guest clinician, pizza and drinks, and often times free giveaways. Since our first "Drum Hang" in August of 2013, we've hosted Bob Gullotti, Dave Mattacks, James Murphy, Mark Walker, Colin Rosso, Tony "Thunder" Smith, Jerome Deupree, Jon Hazilla, Rich Redmond, Dave DiCenso, Skip Hadden, Daniel Glass, John DeChristopher, Steve Langone, and Danny Seraphine as clinicians. Please keep your eye on our "Upcoming Events" below to stay up-to-date. We look forward to seeing you here! ~ Nate
March 1, 2017 @ 7pm - The Drum Hang w/ Fabio Pirozzolo @ 9 Wallis (www.9wallis.com) - $10
April 5, 2017 @ 7pm - The Drum Hang w/ Jo Sallins @ 9 Wallis (www.9wallis.com) - $10
February 1, 2017 @ 7pm - The Drum Hang w/ John Iltis @ 9 Wallis (www.9wallis.com)- $10
January 4, 2017 @ 7pm - The Drum Hang w/ Andrew Jones - FREE
December 7, 2016 @ 7pm - The Drum Hang w/ Steve Langone - FREE
November 10, 2016 - The Drum Shop North Shore's Four-Year Anniversary!
October 24, 2016 @ 5pm - Impromptu Hang w/ Tris Imboden & Walfredo Reyes, Jr. of Chicago - FREE
November 2, 2016 @ 7pm - The Drum Hang w/ Bob Gullotti - FREE
October 5, 2016 @ 7pm - The Drum Hang w/ Dave DiCenso - FREE
September 7, 2016 @ 7pm - The Drum Hang w/ Mamadou Diop - FREE
August 3, 2016 @ 7pm - The Drum Hang - The 'Drummage' Sale!
July 6, 2016 @ 7pm - The Drum Hang w/ Paul Francis (Director of Research & Development at Zildjian Cymbal Co.) - FREE
June 8, 2016 @ 7pm - The Drum Hang w/ Dylan Elise (drummer w/ Blood, Sweat, and Tears) - FREE
May 4, 2016 @ 7pm - The Drum Hang w/ Colin Rosso - FREE
April 13, 2016 @ 7pm - Performance & Clinic w/ Danny Seraphine of Chicago - $20
April 6, 2016 @ 7pm - The Drum Hang w/ Mark Walker - FREE
March 2, 2016 @ 7pm - The Drum Hang w/ John DeChristopher - FREE
February 24, 2016 @ 7pm - C.R.A.S.H Course for Success w/ Rich Redmond of Jason Aldean - $10
February 3, 2016 @ 7pm - The Drum Hang w/ Tom Arey of J. Geils Band - FREE
January 6, 2016 @ 7pm - The Drum Hang w/ Joe MacSweeney of Eames Drums - FREE
December 2, 2015 @ 7pm - Steve Langone & Friends - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
November 10, 2015 - The Drum Shop North Shore's Three-Year Anniversary!
November 4, 2015 @ 7pm - Bob Gullotti - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
October 7, 2015 @ 7pm - Henrique De Almeida - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
September 12, 2015 (10am-2pm) - Switch to Rich Sticks Event - FREE
September 2, 2015 @ 7pm - Dave Mattacks Clinic w/ Special Guest - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
August 5, 2015 @ 7pm - Russ Lawton - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
July 1, 2015 @ 7pm - James Murphy Clinic - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
June 3, 2015 @ 7pm - Steve Chaggaris Clinic - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
May 16, 2015 (10am-5pm) - 2nd Annual Drum Rummage Sale - FREE
May 6, 2015 @ 7pm - Yoron Israel Clinic - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
April 1, 2015 @ 7pm - John Ramsay Clinic - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
March 4, 2015 @ 7pm - Alberto Netto Clinic / DrumTacs Product Demo w/ JC Clifford - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
February 4, 2015 @ 7pm - Steve Michaud Clinic - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
January 7, 2015 @ 7pm - Manny Wise Party - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
December 3, 2014 @ 7pm - Steve Langone Clinic - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
November 5, 2014 @ 7pm - Bob Gullotti Clinic - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
November 10, 2014 - The Drum Shop North Shore's Two-Year Anniversary!
October 1, 2014 @ 7pm - John DeChristopher - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
September 20, 2014 @ 6pm - Daniel Glass Clinic - $10
September 3, 2014 @ 7pm - Skip Hadden Clinic - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
August 6, 2014 @ 7pm - Mamadou Diop Clinic - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
July 12, 2014 (10am-5pm) - Castle Drum Day - FREE
July 2nd, 2014 @ 7pm - Jon Hazilla Clinic - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
June 30th, 2014 @ 7pm - Danny Seraphine Clinic - $20
June 14th, 2014 (10am-5pm) - Drum Rummage Sale - FREE
June 10th, 2014 @ 7pm - Salem YMCA "Drum for Funds" w/ Dave DiCenso, Rich Redmond, and James Murphy - $20
June 4th, 2014 @ 7pm - Jerome Deupree Clinic - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
May 7th, 2014 @ 7pm - Tony "Thunder" Smith Clinic - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
April 5th, 2014 (10am-5pm) - rbh Drum Day - FREE
April 2, 2014 @ 7pm - Colin Rosso Clinic - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
March 5, 2014 @ 7pm - Mark Walker Clinic - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
February 5, 2014 @ 7pm - James Murphy Clinic - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
January 8, 2014 @ 7pm - Dave Mattacks Clinic - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
December 4, 2013 @ 7pm - Dave Mattacks @ Chianti - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
November 10, 2013 - The Drum Shop North Shore's One-Year Anniversary!
November 6, 2013 @ 7pm - Bob Gullotti Clinic - Drum Hang Wednesday - FREE
October 2, 2013 @ 7pm - "Taking a Closer Look at Mapex" - Drum Hang - FREE
September 4, 2013 @ 7pm - "Choosing the Right Ride Cymbal" - Drum Hang - FREE
August 7, 2013 @ 7pm - "Choosing the Right Snare Drum" - FIRST Drum Hang - FREE
Repairs / Rivets / Rentals
Tuning: Drums go out of tune; We're here to help! As drummers, it's of the utmost importance that we sound as good as possible every time we perform. It will always enhance your playing experience to play on good sounding drums. If you bought your drums here, let us take a look and get them back to peak performance!
Repairs: If your drums are in need of a quick fix, just bring them by the shop. We don't charge anything for minor repairs. It's one of the ways we serve the local drumming community. If you have a big project, we will put together a quote. We promise to work quickly, efficiently, and within your budget!
Rivets: If you want to add a little sizzle to your playing, let us add some rivets to your cymbal. We carry both nickel and brass rivets in house. We only charge $10 per cymbal and can usually get it done on the spot. Come by anytime!
Rentals: The Yamaha Recording Custom has been the standard in backline/rental drums since its inception. We stock the following sizes: 22x16 bass drum, 20x16 bass drum, 8x7.5 rack tom, 10x7.5 rack tom, 12x8 rack tom, and 14x12 hanging floor tom. We have many Yamaha snare drums to choose from in brass, copper, steel, aluminum, maple, and birch. We also have the 75th Anniversary Premier Genista in White Marine Pearl available for rent. The sizes are 20x16, 10x8, 12x9, and 15x13. Please give us a call to get a quote and lock in the dates!
Private lessons are vitally important to the development of any well-rounded musician. A good teacher is able to identify areas of weakness and lay out a plan for improvement. Our shortcomings often go unnoticed for years without the keen eye of a musical mentor. We are committed to excellence in education and want to help you achieve your musical goals.
Structure and Rates:
There are no signup fees and no long-term contracts! Lessons are scheduled month-to-month. Each lesson is a half-hour long and occurs weekly. The tuition rate is $110 per month or $30 per individual lesson. We also offer one-hour weekly lessons for $210 per month. We recommended that students attend weekly to help build structure and improve accountability – and to take advantage of the tuition discount. If you need to miss a lesson for any reason, we can usually schedule an hour long lesson before or after your absence. We strive to remain pliable as our lives are often chaotic and unpredictable – just give us a heads up! Please call us anytime at 978-810-9377 – the first lesson is always free!
What People are Saying
"Nate and Marissa are running a super business in the North Shore! In addition to having a great selection of new and vintage gear, quality service, a repair shop, a positive and knowledgeable sales staff, great teachers and a commitment to promoting educational events.. (Wow)...these folks are just great PEOPLE that LOVE drums! This is the kind of drum shop that you will be spending time in. Stop by and say hello!" ~ Rich Redmond (Jason Aldean, Bryan Adams, Trace Adkins, Jim Brickram, Deana Carter, Jewel, Miranda Lambert, Pam Tillis, Hank Williams III, The Pointer Sisters)
"the positive, helpful attitude & ever increasing stock in this north shore store make it an essential visit for all new england players - keep up the good work, nate ! ~ Dave Mattacks (Paul McCartney, Elton John, Fairport Convention, Jethro Tull, Jimmy Page, XTC, Cat Stevens, Mary Chapin Carpenter)
"As drummers, we're all members of a special club. And it's the best club! We love to hang out at drum clinics, talk drums and soak in all that's cool and exciting about playing drums. The Drum Shop North Shore is not only a great place to do all those things, but it promotes and invests in drumming. It reminds me of the feeling I had as a kid walking into a drum shop with my dad. All you drummers know what I'm talking about! I've been a drummer for over 40 years and worked in the Drum Industry for over 30 years, and have learned a lot about drums from Nate. Nate and Marissa understand the importance of "community" and DSNS is a shining example of the drum community being alive and well. I'm not only a huge fan of The Drum Shop North Shore; I'm a customer. Thanks for having me for "The Drum Hang!" ~ John DeChristopher (Aritst Representation/Consultant. Previously Zildjian, Drum Workshop, Simmons Drums)
"The Drum Shop North Shore has everything from maintenance items for your gear to special snare drums that you wouldn't find anywhere else. Whether you are a cat just starting out and need some advice on what drum head works with what drum or a pro on your way to a gig, The Drum Shop North Shore has your back! The owner Nate is not just some dude selling drums... he's a drummer!!" ~ James Murphy (Blue Man Group, 3Vibe, www.peaceandrums.com)
"The Drum Shop North Shore - A Real Drum Shop! I'd drive to get there! This quality shop is like the shop that you used to go to when you started playing drums! A shop where, if you had an idea, they would help you realize it!" ~ Tony "Thunder" Smith (Lou Reed, Santana, John McLaughlin, Jeff Beck)
"DSNS is a great place for all of your drumming needs. From new to vintage Nate has it all, or can get it real quick. It's really a positive place for the drummers out there who respect and appreciate a small guy doing it correctly. Bravo to the DSNS!!!!!!!!" ~ Bob Gullotti (The Fringe, Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lovano, J.J. Johnson, John Patitucci)
"When I presented my clinic at The Drum Shop North Shore, I was reminded of how important a REAL drum shop is to the drumming community. Not only did they have a jaw-dropping amount of reasonably priced gear, but they also had the wisdom and know-how to point drummers (of all backgrounds) in the right direction. I also met some amazing people at the store, which was very inspiring. We're all in this together, and The Drum Shop North Shore is the drummers' Mecca." ~ Mark Walker (5-time Grammy Winner, Paquito D'Rivera, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Sammy Davis, Jr.)
"The Drum Shop North Shore is unique, and Nate Morrison is very special.. a perfect marriage for all of us in the drumming community to celebrate! "The Drum Hang," appropriately titled, on the first Wednesday of every month is old school spirit with fresh, next generation faces.. the lineage continues...If you think The Drum Shop North Shore is out of your way, think again...it's the only thing that should be "ON YOUR WAY" ! ~ Jon Hazilla (Professor at Berklee College of Music, Author of Mastering the Art of Brushes, Recipient of National Endowment for the Arts Award)
"Thanks so much for the opportunity to do a presentation at DSNS. It was a real pleasure to be a part of such a warm, caring and knowledgeable group. They reflect what they experience in your first class shop. I can easily see how you have been able to become a strong force with the drummers of the North Shore area. It is success well deserved and I wish you, Marissa, Colin, Jon and Kenzie continued success." ~ Skip Hadden (Professor at Berklee College of Music, Recordings with Weather Report, Author of Profiles in Jazz Drumming, World Fusion Drumming, Broken Eighth Note Feel, and The Beat, The Body, and The Brain)
SOUNDS FROM THE WHISPERROOM
What's on the Horizon for The Shop?
February 13, 2017
We have spent the last four years building up our vision of the ideal local drum shop. We have served thousands of customers near and far and made friends all over the world. Our loyal and supportive customers have become like family and we want to continue to be of service to those who support this little mission.
But the industry has changed drastically over the past 10 years and, in order to remain sustainable, the face of the ‘’local drum shop” needs to change, too. We will be closing our current location over the next few months and offering discounted pricing on many items in the shop. We will shift our focus to offer more repairs, restorations, lessons, and backline rentals while building up our website where you can find featured products with personalized descriptions and demos (www.TheDrumShopNS.com).
We will slowly transition our retail sales and lesson program to our other business location — Collective Jiu-Jitsu (www.CollectiveBJJ.com). We will be open by appointment and continue to get you the right gear at the right prices!
The Drum Hang will continue on the first Wednesday of each month at 9 Wallis (www.salon9w.com). As always, each event will feature a different clinician who will focus on their strengths as a musician and educator. We will also feature different drums, cymbals, and hardware at each event at special ‘drum hang’ pricing. The doors open at 6pm (food and drinks are available for purchase), the show starts at 7pm, and we wrap it up around 8:30pm to get you home at a good hour. These clinics are inspiring, educational, and fun — and we hope to see you there!
- Nate & Marissa
Striking a Balance
November 5, 2016
When I opened this store four years ago, I made one commitment to myself -- to be a musician first and a shopkeep second. I had witnessed many shop owners hang up the sticks and become full-time retailers. That was never my destiny. I love drums, drummers, and drumming -- and I’ve been determined to keep that balance. But it hasn’t been easy! Having the shop open eight hours a day along with maintaining a busy teaching practice and steady gigging schedule has been nearly impossible. So, I’ve come up with a compromise I think better serves our DSNS customers while ensuring that I keep a balance between teaching, playing, practicing, and running the coolest little shop around. We’re going to reduce hours a bit while offering more appointment times to personally help customers get exactly what they need -- when they need it.
Our new hours will be Monday-Thursday 12pm-5pm and Friday-Saturday 10am-5pm. We’ll be available by appointment before and after hours if you need to grab anything from our store, too. Just give us a call or text us at 978-810-9377 or shoot an email to Nate@TheDrumShopNS.com to set up a time. *We prefer to stay closed on Sundays so Marissa and I can have the day off together*
Get in touch!
The Drum Shop North Shore
457 Rantoul Street
Beverly MA 01915
Monday - Thursday 12pm - 5pm
Friday - Saturday 10am - 5pm
Sunday - By Appointment
Nate@TheDrumShopNS.com / 978-810-9377