Do you use Boomwhackers®?
In this post I will share a little bit of history and my current favorite video of them in use.
Creator of the Boom Tote, Michelle Erfurt, is partnering with us for this giveaway!
History of Boomwhackers®
Have you ever played with Boomwhackers®? They are a wonderful addition to the music world: they are affordable, great for group participation, spark creativity, and can open up music to many that wouldn’t have a chance to play an instrument.
My current favorite Boomwhacker® video out there is by Louie’s Cage Percussion. It is a song medley – enjoy!
Because of my curious nature, I wanted to find out about the history of the Boomwhackers®. The about us page from boomwhacker.com had some great information, but I enjoyed the article at Wikipedia even more.
I also love that they are manufactured in the USA, which means more jobs are created and revenue is put back into our economy.
American Craig Ramsell reportedly came up for the idea for his boomwhackers in 1994 while at home recovering from radiation therapy for cancer. While cutting cardboard tubes into shorter lengths for recycling he happened to notice the different pitches resulting from the different lengths and decided to investigate their creative potential. He experimented with various plastics before settling on plastic mailing tubes. He and his partner, wife Monnie Ramsell, formed DrumSpirit as a sole proprietorship to market the tubes. The original plastic boomwhackers were first produced in 1995. The current version, which is far more durable than the earlier prototype, was released in 1997.
Ramsell started Whacky Music, Inc. in 1998, marketing a wider variety of boomwhacker sets and materials. Boomwhackers are now available to span 3½ chromatic octaves. (The addition of the Octavator Tube Caps in 1999 allowed for the third lower octave.)
In July, 2009 the Sedona, Arizona-based Whacky Music, Inc., sold its interests to Rhythm Band Instruments LLC of Fort Worth, Texas, through an asset purchase agreement. Boomwhackers are made in the USA and distributed internationally by Rhythm Band Instruments.
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They Just Keep Rolling
Creator of the Boom Tote, Michelle Erfurt shares the following:
Boomwhackers®: loved by students and teachers… except when they need organized. How could a bunch of little tubes be so hard to keep together? It’s like they have a mind of their own… they just keep… rolling.
There is a solution: The Boom Tote, a Boomwhacker® storage bag with a closeable drawstring top to make them all stay in one place and a mesh top so you can see if you remembered all of them. There’s even a zippered pocket for your extras.
Want one? You can only get them at Bear Paw Creek and right now, we’re giving away a Boom Tote + a set of Boomwhackers®.