Jul 01 2020
Born from a long held childhood dream, the iconic Nottingham Drum and Guitar Centre is a one stop shop for all your percussion and guitar needs!
Founders David Fletcher and Andrew Cammiss first opened their specialist shop in 1999 and it has grown from strength to strength.
We talked to David to find out more ahead of their reopening on Friday 3rd July post lockdown.
How would you describe your shop in three words?
Great friendly store
How did the business get started?
My business partner Andy and I, are both working drummers and have been friends since our teens. Back in 1999, we had the idea to open a drum store in Nottingham and so we opened the Nottingham Drum Centre that December. We had a team of drum teachers in the building too and the business just grew and grew. A few years later we decided to add a guitar department and the store became the Nottingham Drum and Guitar Centre.
By around 2006, we realised we needed bigger showroom premises so the hunt was on. Luckily, we found an ideal building and, after a lot of hard work and many late nights, we moved into our present store on Cranbrook Street, just a stones throw away from the Motorpoint Arena.
What does your shop specialise in?
Drums and guitars, plus offshoots such as marching and concert percussion, and sound healing gongs.
What additional services do you offer?
We do a lot of drum repairs, re-heading, tuning, and also guitar restringing.
What’s your favourite item for sale in the shop right now?
That’s such a difficult one… probably the large Meinl Gong as I seem to be unable to walk past it without giving it a hit!
Name a favourite piece of music. (From any genre you like, absolutely no judgement!)
“Variations” by Andrew Lloyd Webber… Incredible music played by awesome musicians.
Do you get involved in your local community? If so, how?
We are very proactive in instrument tuition and have a great working relationship with many great drum and guitar tutors. We’ve also held many drum clinics over the years with people such as Gregg Bissonette, Jojo Mayer, Craig Blundell, Thomas Lang, to name just a few…
We are re-opening on Friday 3rd July and looking forward to getting back to the shop and seeing our customers and friends. This year had started off for us very positively, so we’re hoping to build on that success after the COVID Lockdown. Pop in and see us 🙂
Visit Nottingham Drum and Guitar Centre at:Nottingham Drum and Guitar CentreCranbrook StreetNottinghamNG1 1ER