The UMass Drumline is widely recognized as one of the nation's foremost marching percussion programs. Since taking the helm in the 1980's, UMASS Minuteman Marching Band Associate Director and Marching Percussion Instructor Thom Hannum has combined the traditions of hard work and dedication to produce not only consistently high performing ensembles, but also an amazing number of alumni that instruct at the highest levels.

The UMASS drumline rehearses daily under some of the most recognized percussion names in the business, including Vic Firth Signature Artist Colin McNutt (Percussion Caption Head for the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps) and Vic Firth Education Team members Jeff Hope, Ian Hale, Colby Kuzontkoski and Andrew Barlow.

Over 300 students experience the excitement of college marching band at UMass. Under the leadership of Director George N. Parks and Associate Director Thom Hannum, the Minuteman Band has emerged as one of the nation's outstanding band programs. They have performed for Presidential Inaugural Ceremonies in 1981, 1985, and 2001 and in exhibition at the Bands of America Grand Nationals Competition in 1993, 2001, 2004 and 2007. In 1998, the Minuteman Marching Band received the most prestigious honor bestowed upon college bands, the Louis C. Sudler Trophy, which is awarded in recognition of "the highest of musical standards and innovative marching routines and ideas, and which has made important contributions to the advancement of the performance standards of college marching bands over a period of several years."

2008 Percussion Feature, Tiempo de Festival

 NEW VFU SPOTLIGHT: UMASS Drumline, 2008 Percussion Feature
  Tiempo de Festival

UMASS Through the years

 2007 Percussion Feature:
  Oye Tu Conga
 2006 Percussion Feature:
  Blue Rondo A La Turk / Dave Brubeck
 2005 Percussion Feature:
  From Within / Michel Camilo
 2004 Percussion Feature:
  COOL! / West Side Story
 2003 Percussion Feature:
  Oye Tu Conga
 Audio Interview:
  Listen to our audio interview with Thom Hannum to hear about his tenure at the University of Massachusetts.

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Thom Hannum has long been regarded as one of the nation’s foremost percussion arrangers, instructors, and clinicians having presented numerous seminars and workshops throughout the United States, Canada, Europe, and Southeast Asia. He is best known for his work with the DCI World Champion Cadets of Bergen County and Star of Indiana. Thom is a member of the design team for the Tony Award Winning show Blast! In the summer of 2001, Mr. Hannum was selected for induction into the DCI Hall of Fame and in 2008 he was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame.

Thom teaches at the University of Massachusetts where he serves as the Associate Director of the Minuteman Marching Band, and the Director of the Marimba Ensemble program. He is a product consultant and clinician for the Avedis Zildjian Cymbal Company, Evans Drum Heads, the Pearl Corporation, and Vic Firth Sticks & Mallets where he has developed several Signature Series drumsticks and keyboard mallets. Thom is an active member of the Percussive Arts Society where he serves on the Marching Percussion Committee.

Through the Hal Leonard Corporation, Mr. Hannum has published a Textbook and corresponding Student Workbook, Championship Concepts For Marching Percussion, which provide many band programs with a comprehensive foundation for percussion education. His instructional video produced by Alfred Publishing, Fundamental Techniques For Marching Percussion, demonstrates many of the concepts outlined in the books. Thom has published percussion arrangements and solos with Warner Brothers, Rowloff Productions, and Drop6 Media, Inc.

Thom’s next book, A Percussionist’s Guide to CHECK PATTERNS, will be published by Alfred Publishing, and is due out in April of 2009.

Mr. Hannum is the founder and director of his MOBILE PERCUSSION SEMINAR which offers clinic and workshop programs for high schools and colleges of all ability levels. For more information call 1-800-292-3758, or visit the website at

The UMASS Drumline use Vic Firth Sticks and Mallets Exclusively.


Thom Hannum (STH)
A round tip with a very long taper and thick neck for great control and response‚ especially at low dynamic levels.
L = 16 5/8" | Dia. = .690"
Thom Hannum Indoor (STH2)
Scaled down version of the STH. Designed to play very fast and produce a quality sound on cymbals while offering great control and response‚ especially at low dynamic levels.
L = 16 3/4" | Dia. = .660"
Thom Hannum Piccolo Tip (STH3)
A full sized marching shaft with an exceptionally short taper and a very small tip. For clearly defined highs and unique timbre possibilities.
L = 16 5/8" | Dia. = .690"
Thom Hannum "Quadbale" Tenor Stick (STHTS)
Full sized gripping area with a smaller shaft‚ neck and tip emphasize a high pitch and timbre for imitating timbale style parts.
L = 16 1/2" | Dia. = .690"
Corpsmaster® Tenor Mallet (MT1A-S)
Extra-heavy gauge aluminum for increased power and durability.
Head = 1 1/4 x 1/2" | L = 14 1/2"
Corpsmaster® Bass Drum Mallets
Corpsmaster® marching bass mallets feature tapered hickory shafts, which shift the weight of the stick towards the hand for improved balance and control. Spherical heads provide a consistent striking surface. With super hard felt heads (H) or with soft felt cores covered with fleece (S).
L = 14 1/8"
Ensemble Series Keyboard Mallets
Crafted with a 1 1/4" rubber core and a latex covering. This combination of components generates a full-bodied sound and a rich fundamental. Each model has it's own recipe for a true graduation or timbre and tone production. Rattan shafts enhance rebound - making them very easy to play.
Multi-Application Series Keyboard Mallets
The Multi-Application series mallets feature 100% synthetic yarn and cord for maximum durability and weather resistance. A truly versitile line of mallets - great for drum corps, marching band, indoor marching, concert and solo playing.