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DRUM WORKSHOP INKS WORLDWIDE DISTRIBUTION DEAL WITH KICKPORT INTERNATIONAL

DW to Market and Sell Established Sound Enhancement Product Line

KickPort (March 24th, 2016 – Oxnard, CA) Drum Workshop, Inc. has inked a deal for worldwide distribution, marketing and artist relations for KickPort International products. Drum Workshop, Inc. chief product officer, Don Lombardi, spearheaded the agreement that will have DW taking over operations for the line, while manufacturing arrangements will remain unchanged. Also recently announced was the appointment of Mark Moralez to KickPort Brand Manager. Moralez is based in DW’s Oxnard, California headquarters and also manages KAT Digital Percussion.

KickPort’s patented and award-winning products include The KickPort® Bass Drum Acoustics Maximizer, as well as the CajonPort™ and FX Series™ sound enhancement ports. These and other products have been used by many of the world’s top drummers and percussionists including Keith Carlock, Steve Ferrone, Dennis Chambers, Ray Luzier, Luis Conte, Daniel de los Reyes and Roland “Gajate” Garcia among others.

CajonPort As part of the agreement, Latin Percussion (LP) will install CajonPort’s on select products including the all-new LP Tour Cajon. The CajonPort from KickPort creates a richer, full-range response and allows for more sonic depth, presence and precision. Most importantly, it adds an incredibly enhanced low-end for greater distinction between bass and snare sounds.

“The first KickPort product that caught my attention was the CajonPort,” said Lombardi. It’s amazing how well it works in terms of adding just the right amount of low-end. No doubt, the KickPort has changed the way a new generation of drummers tune their bass drums. We think that it’s a perfect match for the many innovative accessories we offer.”

Available in a variety of colors including black, gold, chrome, white, red and blue, the KickPort Bass Drum Acoustics Maximizer inserts quickly and easily into your bass drum head and offers up increased impact from the energy of enhanced subsonic frequencies – resulting in a smoother, more focused, dynamic sound with dramatically enhanced low end.

”DW’s vast distribution network, marketing reach and established status within the musical instrument industry will dramatically increase KickPort’s presence in the marketplace,” said KickPort International president and general manager, Jesse Bradman. “DW is known throughout the industry as an innovator, and we couldn’t have asked for a better partner.

KickPort International products are available worldwide through selected Drum Workshop distribution partners including GEWA throughout Europe.

ABOUT DRUM WORKSHOP INC.
Founded in 1972, Drum Workshop, Inc. is a family-owned and operated musical instrument company best known for designing and manufacturing award-winning drums, pedals, hardware and accessories under the DW and PDP banner. In 2014, the company expanded to include other iconic American instrument brands such as Gretsch Drums®, Latin Percussion®, Toca Percussion®, KAT® Digital Percussion, Gibraltar® hardware and Ovation® guitars. DW’s wide range of products is endorsed by many of the world’s top artists including: Neil Peart, Taylor Hawkins, Phil Collins, Sheila E., Melissa Etheridge, Mick Fleetwood, Don Henley, Chad Smith, Steve Gadd and Dave Grohl among others. Drum Workshop, Inc. is headquartered in Oxnard, California. For more information visit www.dwdrums.com

ABOUT KICKPORT INTERNATIONAL
KickPort International was founded in 2009 by a team of professional musicians striving to achieve the best sound quality for drummers and percussionists. KickPort’s designs have become an industry standard for natural acoustical enhancement of drums and percussion instruments in all genres of music. Award-winning, patented KickPort® products are now distributed exclusively by Drum Workshop Inc. KickPort Logo

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