Slingerland Drummer's Throne, used by Buddy Rich

Slingerland Drummer's Throne, used by Buddy Rich

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This stool was made by Slingerland in Chicago, Illinois, around 1938-1940. It is a Drummer’s Throne, made of wood, with a White Marine Pearl finish, metal trim, and a padded seat covered in orange fabric.

This drummer’s throne is from a drumset used by Buddy Rich in 1983-1987.

Bernard "Buddy" Rich (1917-1987) began his professional career as a drummer, tap dancer, and singer with his parents' vaudeville act before the age of two. By the time he was six, "Traps, the Boy Wonder," had performed on Broadway and toured the United States and Australia.

With the demise of the vaudeville circuit and the popularity of the swing era, Buddy became an orchestra musician. His talents as a drummer landed him a job offer with Joe Marsala's band at the Hickory House in New York City in 1937. This led to a long line of high-profile performances with Bunny Berrigan, Artie Shaw, Tommy Dorsey, and Benny Carter. Buddy's playing style was characterized by phenomenal speed, four-way independence, and an uncanny way of driving a big band.

Location
Currently not on view
Object Name
throne
date made
1938-1940
user
Rich, Bernard "Buddy"
maker
Slingerland Musical Instrument Manufacturing Company
place made
United States: Illinois, Chicago
Physical Description
wood (overall material)
metal (overall material)
fabric (overall material)
Measurements
overall: 26 in x 12 in; 66.04 cm x 30.48 cm
overall: 25 3/4 in x 12 1/4 in; 65.405 cm x 31.115 cm
ID Number
1988.0665.16
accession number
1988.0665
catalog number
1988.0665.16
Credit Line
Gift of Cathy and Marie Rich
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Music & Musical Instruments
Percussion
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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