RBI Acquires Grover Pro Percussion

Rhythm Band Instruments has acquired the assets of Grover Pro Percussion, a manufacturer of orchestral percussion instruments since 1979.

"We are thrilled to be able to work with [founder] Neil Grover and to offer, as a key component of our RBI Music initiative, the world-class instruments and accessories that Neil has designed," said Brad Kirkpatrick, president of Rhythm Band. "For as long as I've been in the music industry, Neil has designed products with the performer in mind. He's performed for years with the Boston Symphony and the Pops, so he knows percussion and all of the products he produces are exceptional."

Rhythm Band Instruments has been distributing musical instruments and music education material from Fort Worth, Texas, for nearly 60 years. In 2009, the company acquired the Boomwhackers brand of tuned musical tubes, and in 2016 it acquired the Toca Percussion brand of hand percussion instruments.

"I'm really excited to be joining RBI, and I intend to remain very active in the design of new products for RBI as well as continuing a role I've always enjoyed in demonstrating and teaching percussion techniques to both professionals and students," Grover said. "What I've been most impressed with, though, is how professionally RBI has approached the acquisition of our brand. I'm confident that our artists, vendors and dealers will not even notice the changes that naturally come with an acquisition. RBI has planned the transition with great attention to detail, so we're not going to miss a beat. I'm confident that, with their existing distribution machine and ability to improve Grover Pro marketing, the brand I created will flourish."

Lane Davy, RBI's executive vice president of sales and marketing, added, "I don't know if we're more excited about adding the exceptional Grover Pro products to our existing offering or working with Neil Grover on new product development and introductions. We are supremely confident that he'll help us further the image and use of Toca products in the education world, but we are also looking forward to introducing certain tools and products that Neil has in the design phase for the education market, including the elementary instruments which are the historical foundation of the company. Coupled with the planned growth in Grover Pro sales, the next few years are going to be very exciting for RBI."