Natal Drums

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Natal Drums
IndustryMusical instruments
Founded1958; 65 years ago (1958)
FounderAlan Sharp
FateAcquired by Marshall in 2010
ProductsDrum kits, hardware, bongo drums, congas, tambourines, cowbells, bar chimes

Natal Drums (in past known as Natal Percussion Company) is a British musical instrument manufacturing company based in Bletchley, England. The name is a portmanteau of the first names of the company founder and his wife, NATalie and ALan.

In 2010 the company was purchased by Marshall Amplification.[1] Current line of Natal products include drum kits, hardware, and other percussion instruments such as bongo drums, congas, tambourines, cowbells and bar chimes.[2]


Natal was established in 1958, creating fibreglass Latin percussion that has been used by the likes of Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones and Santana.[3]

Natal had great success in the late 1960s thanks to its revolutionary fiberglass congas that was used by bands like Santana, T. Rex, Led Zeppelin, Fleetwood Mac, Deep Purple and The Rolling Stones.[4] In 2010, Natal was acquired by Marshall, which announced the purchase at the 2010 Musikmesse Exhibition.[3]


Some musicians that use/have used Natal drums are:

  • Andy Treacey
  • Ash Soan
  • Blue Devils Drum and Bugle Corps
  • Brian Downey[5]
  • Cass Browne
  • Charlie Morgan
  • Chris Turner
  • Claudia "Killer" Lippmann
  • Daniel Chantrey
  • Daniel Schild
  • Darrin Mooney
  • Dhani Mansworth
  • DJ Bonebrake
  • Gary Walmsley
  • Ian Matthews
  • Jack Stephens
  • Jamiel Blake
  • Jano Rix
  • John Coghlan
  • Julien Audigier
  • Louise Bartle
  • Martin "Frosty" Beedle (Cutting Crew, Lifesigns)
  • Martin Osborne (Shadow Warriors)
  • Martin Ranscombe
  • Matt Brobin
  • Matt Donnelly
  • Mohktar Samba
  • Nate Arling
  • Nick Kilroe
  • Pascal Bianco
  • Paul Hose
  • Raymond Hearne
  • Richard Kensington
  • Ritch Battersby
  • Robb Reiner
  • Russell Gilbrook
  • Sean Moore
  • Steve Grantley
  • Sudha Kheterpal
  • Swiss Chris
  • The Peggies


  1. ^ "Sponsor - Natal Drums". Archived from the original on 9 December 2011. Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  2. ^ Products on Natal website, 15 Nov 2019
  3. ^ a b Marshall buys Natal by Richard Chamberlain on Music Radar, March 26, 2010
  4. ^ "History of Natal". Retrieved 26 March 2012.
  5. ^ "Featured Natal artists". Retrieved 26 March 2012.

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