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  • Welcome Aboard Nintendo!

    Wow!  I was blown away to get the phone call from an exec. at Nintendo in Seattle at Nintendo of North America asking for a custom drumstick for the launch of their new game Rhythm Heaven Fever!  What an honor to be associated with such a huge household name like Nintendo.  Having never worked this closely with a global company of their size I was unaware of the red tape, but it was well worth it in the end.  We proved once again why it is so much better to go with a product made in the US when the potential of children using itis likely.  We are thankful to have a product that is safe for everyone to use without having to give thought to lead and other potential hazards with manufacturing on a large scale.

    Let us know if you make it to the Nintendo store in New York City and get a pair of their new drumsticks.  I know you will be blown away with the design!

  • What Stays in Vegas?

    Las Vegas Drumsticks

    Ever been to Vegas?  Ever Bought a souvenir there?  Well, Now's your chance to get this one-of-a-kind pair of custom drumsticks with killer graphics from Las Vegas!  You may have to leave your memories behind, but you will have these sticks to remind you of the good times.

    All with FREE shipping!


  • Stick of the Week for 8-10-2011

    33 Miles Custom DrumsticksThis week we feature the band 33 Miles.  This duo is a force of energy.  If you have seen them live then you know exactly what I am talking about.  If you haven't, well, what are you waiting for?  There aren't many bands who have both strengths.  Great vocals and great musicianship.  Usually one stands out above the other.  33 Miles is an exception.  They posses both strengths. 

    I have known Chris Lockwood, the guitar player and background singer in the group for several years.  We went to the same college in Mobile, AL and attended the same church for a while.  I have only known Jason Barton, the lead singer for a few years, but have realized he is quite the singer and makes it seem easy from the stage. 

    I really dig their design.  It features each of them on their own stick sold as a pair.  I often joke about selling them as singles to see which one is more popular! 

    Check their site for upcoming shows to see where they are coming soon.  If you get a change to see them in person, don't pass it up!

    For more "Sticks of the Week" click here.

  • Finally, the "How To" for this famous groove

    Finally, the groove Jeff Porcaro made famous with the band Toto, is explained by Custom Stix™ artist Jeff Jones. Having played drums for over 25 years and having taught lessons for over 20 years, Jeff understands the complexity of this groove and how to simplify it for easy understanding. This video was shot while Jeff was in Canada on tour with his band Big Daddy Weave. He is sitting in on this great DW kit belonging to Michael Anderson of Building 429. Enjoy!


    Notice, Jeff's personalized drumsticks are the Crosses Black on Transparent design.


  • Stick of the Week for 7-18-2011

    Lulu's custom drumsticksDid you know Jimmy Buffett has a sister?  Well, he does and her name is Lucy Buffett.  She is quite the celebrity herself.  You can read her story here.  If you have ever been to the beautiful gulf coast or visited Gulf Shores, Alabama, you may have heard of the legendary Lulu's at Homeport.  My wife first introduced me to Lulu's a few years ago and I have thanked her ever since.

    Lulu's at Homeport first opened it's doors at it's current location in 2004 and today is known for much more than a great seafood place, but a family destination.  My two daughters look forward to going to Lulu's and talk about it the whole way there.

    After visiting their gift shop and knowing they have live music daily, I felt it only fitting for them to have a Lulu's custom drumstick.  I have been honored to have Lulu's on board this year and am glad to be a part of their gulf coast get-a-way.

    Check out Lulu's website here or visit in person if you are ever on the gulf coast.  Great food, great atmosphere and great entertainment.  You will not be sorry!

  • Stick of the Week for 7-14-2011

    Custom graphic drumsticksI have known of this band for over 20 years.  My first experience was hearing their song, "Stand Up For Jesus" around 1990.  They have been around for a long time and are still rockin'.  They continually reinvent themselves to stay relevant in current trends of the music scene.  There is no doubt if you go to a Newsboys concert, you will be entertained, that is for sure.  They push the limits of what can be done in a concert setting.  I am encouraged to bring my playing up to the next level when I think of how serious they are about being professional and taking seriously what they do each night as musicians.

    You can check them out here.  If they come to a city near you, go, you will not be sorry.

  • New Custom Stix endorsed artist!

    Personalized drumsticksI would like to welcome Jeremy Ostrander of Big Mo Ministries to the Custom Stix™ family.  Here is what Jeremy had to say about Custom Stix™-  "I am so excited to be using Custom Stix! These sticks have a great feel and an awesome look, and fly right off our product table. I mean great feeling sticks with way cool custom graphics, you can't beat a combo like that!"


    Below is a little more about Jeremy.  We are excited to welcome him aboard!

    Jeremy is a Diamond Award nominee for "MUSICIAN of the YEAR", and has received multiple nominations for "STAGE MUSICIAN OF THE YEAR." Besides being a musician, Jeremy has also been nominated 3 times in the Diamond Awards for “CHRISTIAN COMEDIAN of the YEAR" and is a youth minister as well.

    To date Jeremy has shared the stage with legendary names like, BISHOP TD JAKES, JESSE DUPLANTIS, CRABB FAMILY, MICHAEL ENGLISH, DOTTIE RAMBO,  along with many other national ministers, and most every major name in gospel music, far too many others to list here.

    Sought after for comedy appearances as well as youth rallies,  special events, and church services,  Jeremy also plays percussion for his Dad on stage every week. Traveling all across America, they do concerts and revivals in auditoriums and churches coast to coast.

  • Stick of the Week for 6-30-2011

    Casting Crowns is a great group.  I met them for the first time when they played at a showcase we were playing at in Nashville, TN many years ago.  They instantly became an international sensation in the Contemporary Christian Music world.  They have had several Platinum records and numerous number one hits. 

    Casting Crowns personalized drumstick

    However, the thing that stands out most about them is their humility.  I got to know the different members backstage at several festivals we were playing together and I have always been impressed with their ability to stay focused on what they were called to do as Christians.  They have never been anything but nice and generous to me.  So when I got the call to make their sticks I was more than excited!  I love knowing I am involved in something that touches the hearts of millions around the world by making the best custom drumstick for them in the world.

    Check them out here.

  • New footage of Custom Stix artist Jeff Jones from Big Daddy Weave

    Check out this new footage of Custom Stix artist Jeff Jones from Big Daddy Weave playing the funk inspired tune Changing Neighborhoods.

    Jeff has been playing drums for over 25 years and has been with Big Daddy Weave for over 11 years. when asked what his favorite song to play is, Jeff always says, "Changing Neighborhoods". Inspired by the Dave Matthews Band over 10 years ago, this song features the sax as well as acoustic guitar. Notice the breakdown of Kool and the Gang's Celebration in the middle.


    For more videos check out the video page here.

  • Remember the band Petra? Stick of the week 5-17-2011

    Custom drumstick for Petra

    I grew up on their music.  I dreamed of going to a Petra concert, getting an emergency alert from stage that the drummer had sprain his wrist and needed a fill in.  I would then take over as the new drummer and the rest is history.  Well, that didn’t happen, thankfully.  However, I did have the pleasure several years later to play at a festival with these guys and later play at a conference where their lead singer spoke.  I was blown away by how small the Christian Music Industry is. 

    I was equally honored when I got the call to make a custom drumstick for them.  They are doing a reunion tour from 2010 to 2012.  Hopefully you can catch them out on the road sometime soon.  I know I will!

    Check them out here.

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