C&C: Handcrafted Drums

Recently, Bill Cardwell, owner of C & C Drums, was interviewed in a Podcast by Bart van der Zee of Drum History. Learn about the origins of C & C at  Bill Cardwell.

C&C Drum Co. is a small, independent company offering American-made, handcrafted drums. Based in Gladstone, Missouri, we are comprised of musicians and craftsmen who share a common bond: the love of music. This bond connects us to our drums and the people who play them. We’ve never tried to be the flavor of the moment or cater to the latest whim. Our goal has always been to build something of lasting value. We are dedicated to making the best drums we possibly can—drums that will outlive us to become a legacy.

From The Shop

5 x 14" and 6.5 x 14" Aged Copper over Steel Snare

Available now at select dealers


Featured Artist

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C & C drummer Brian Lane has been part of the band, Brand New, since its formation in 2000. Their last album, Science Fiction, debuted as No. 1 on the Billboard 200 in 2017.

Our Process

Bearing Edges

Our bearing edges are hand cut and hand-sanded. Possibly the most important aspect of a drum’s tone—bearing edges can transform each one of our shells in countless ways.


Being able to produce our own drum shells has given us the opportunity to create the exact sound we want out of a drum. Made from the highest quality veneer, each ply is put through a rigorous quality inspection before being glued and bent into our molds.


Eclectic, understated, and inspired by the architecture of Kansas City, our lugs are made from die cast steel and plated in the highest quality chrome. C&C Deco lugs are available in either single-ended or double-ended versions.


From high-gloss lacquers to satin stains and everything in between, the quality of our finishes is only matched by the quality of our shells. Every drum is hand-sanded and finished by our master craftsmen. Our inlays are simple, elegant, and available in a variety of choices to create something completely original.

Quality Control

After assembling the components, tuning, and testing, we do a rigorous quality control check  to make sure everything is correct. Each and every drum must meet our highest standards before it is packed and shipped to its final destination.


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