GreinerKilmer was founded in the summer of 2011 after both Matt Greiner and Kaleb Kilmer had discussed the possibility of starting their own drum company. “I showed him a photo of a drum I had built out of broken drumsticks,” Kaleb said. “It was the first I’d built and he suggested we start building drums together!” While Matt was playing on the VANS Warped Tour, Kaleb stayed home to perfect the design of their now-signature snare drum. They built 20 snares that summer and have continued to thrive, shipping their instruments all around the world.
“We started planning Drum Day last November and have been working ever since,” says Greiner. “Seeing as it’s our first year doing the conference, I wanted to include friends who are super talented and very inspirational to so many people.”
Kilmer explained, “We picked Adam and Grant because they’re friends of ours, and they’re great musicians. Adam knows so much about drumming and groove, and Grant knows so much about recording and writing we figured the two of them, in addition to Matt, would be a great team of judges and hosts at the event.” McFarland is also the co-owner of Atrium Audio in Lancaster, PA, who’s clients include August Burns Red, Texas in July, and This or The Apocalypse.
During one of his lessons with Matt, ten-year old Travis Harwick was asked to participate in the four-man drum solo happening at Drum Day with Greiner, Gray, and McFarland. “We get together as often as we can in between him touring,” said Travis, who also attends the School of Rock in Fort Washington. “We work on linear beats, double bass beats and a lot of really cool stuff and what Matt calls ‘Greiner’s Grinds.’” On getting to rehearse with all of the drummers last week, Travis said, “It was a total blast! We were writing the solo and spent some time learning some cool tips from everyone.”
“We just want to get drummers from the area together and have a good time talking drums and music!” says Kilmer. “To build the local drum scene and inspire drummers to dream bigger,” adds Greiner.
Tickets are $20 for spectators and $30 if you wish to compete in the drum competition, with the grand prize of a GK signature snare. They can be purchased here.