Want more speed, less fatigue, and bigger sound in your drumming? Carl Bennett, owner of TREE(3) drum sticks, says he has developed a new kind of stick that increases sound projection and allows for more showmanship creativity.
Drumlines and percussion ensembles often cycle through multiple sets of drumsticks throughout a season; the combination of playing and showmanship causes the sticks to break. TREE(3) sticks are shorter and wider than traditional drumsticks and have no tapered end, making them more durable and more comfortable for players, Bennett says.
“TREE(3) started as an answer to my own need to play longer without fatigue, without wearing gloves or muscle ointments,” Bennett says, “These are especially suited to the drumline community.”
TREE(3) sticks come in “Trinity” sets of three—“a pair and a spare.”
They are approximately one inch shorter than standard drumsticks and come in three sizes for different styles of playing.
Each set is handmade from lightweight American poplar wood with no lacquer for a “superior grip,” Bennett says.
With the weight balanced on both sides of the stick, Bennett says TREE(3) allows for easier flipping and tossing. The wider diameter also makes them more visible to the audience.
Edison High School in Minneapolis currently employs the sticks in its drumline, using the “medium” size for snares and quads and the “large” size for bass, which allows for “greater attack but no broken heads,” Bennett says.
“My intent is that these sticks will be globally recognized and embraced as a revolutionary, common-sense drumstick by rejecting the centuries-old status quo,” Bennett says.