Professional Drum Shop History
The Professional Drum Shop was founded in 1959 by Bob Yeager with Chuck Molinari in an effort to provide the professional drummer with a place to get needed equipment repairs and shopping convenience.
Yeager had been repairing fellow drummers equipment on the road for years. With their encouragement and financial support, he decided the time was right to get off the road and open the Shop!
Drawing on his years of playing experience with more than 200 different bands, and from his experiences working in various music stores, Yeager enlisted the aid of friend Chuck Molinari. Chuck had invaluable insight into the music business and later went on to found Spectrasound Percussion Products.
Looking to display and sell new music equipment, Yeager traveled to Chicago and met with Frank Gault, then the owner for Frank’s Drum Shop. Frank opened doors for Bob and helped the shop immensely in regard to dealing with manufacturers.
Throughout the years, the Shop has been promoted on the road by many of Yeager’s friends. Names like Art Blakey, Louis Bellson, Buddy Rich, Joe Morello, Shelly Manne, Elvin Jones, Gene Krupa, Jake Hanna, Max Roach and countless others.
A lot has changed in the 50 plus years we’ve been in operation but the shop has remained virtually the same. It’s equal parts drum and percussion dealership, repair center, drummers hang, and museum. This year, we’ve launched a new online storefront so everyone can experience shopping convenience from home.
Pro Drum is firmly committed to meeting the special needs of its customers. Everyone is treated alike here, no matter if you’re a top name drummer or just someone who plays for fun. We are still one family owned and believe in service, integrity, and quality.