One of the first things that I purchased as an add on, was a drink holder. If you play in clubs and bars, the stages and drum risers tend to have soft spots, uneven surfaces, along with tons of cords, and stands. That's not a safe place for your drink! What if your singer uses the front lip of the drum riser to launch themself into the crowd? That riser is going to shake, and your drink will surely get dumped. Now you are looking at either a long night without liquid, or you might have to request that a patron bring up something for you. Neither option is great. Gibraltar drums makes a great drink holder. The best part is that it fits into a "gig bag" very easily.
Yes, get yourself a "gig bag." It should be something that zips tight, is a bit bigger than a shaving kit bag, but small enough to store under your floor tom. I suggest a canvas bag from an army surplus store. Don't fall for the old ammo case made out of steel. It's too heavy, and the lid is a pain the butt. The canvas bag can be squashed into your drum case, when you are in a rush to get to the club.
What do you put in that gig bag? I'll tell you.
This is my list of gig bag essentials.
- Spare cymbal felts
- Cymbal screws - Ones that fit your stand's threading!
- An extra drum pedal spring - Also one that fits your pedal!
- A handful of spare ear plugs
- Snare string
- A multi tool - Don't splurge on a Leatherman, try a Gerber.
- A comb. Yes a comb for your hair!
- Your cool Gibraltar drink holder
- A drumstick holder
- A ziplock bag for your keys and spare change
- Multiple drum keys!
- If you can afford it, a spare hi-hat clutch - Again, one that fits your hi-hat!