I received this press release from Mark Tirabassi and Jim Bickley, who was in charge of customer service at Universal Percussion since the 1980s. It is good to know that Jim will be carrying on his tradition of THE BEST personal service and with many of the same products. Rumor has it that Wuhan Cymbals may soon have a home with Cardinal Percussion too, but that is just speculation at this writing. Jim helped me keep my George’s Drum Shop well stocked and Universal Percussion was a lifeline for many retailers. It’s good to know that Jim and his new partners are picking up the flag and marching on!!
Cardinal Percussion is on the ATTACK!
ATTACK DRUMHEADS is now under new ownership. A team of industry veterans led by Jim Bickley, former vice president of Universal Percussion; Robbie McFarland, general manager of Hubbard Music retail stores; and Mark Tirabassi, president of Mavi Inc. has launched a new wholesale company, Cardinal Percussion. In addition to relaunching, rebranding, and retooling Attack Drumheads, Cardinal Percussion will wholesale and distribute many of the drumming industry's most popular brands of accessories. Headquartered in Youngstown, Ohio, Cardinal will also feature a complete line of Cardinal Percussion-branded small goods.
"Between us, Robbie, Mark, and I are fortunate to have made many friends in this industry over the years," said Bickley. "We look forward to renewing those relationships and providing our dealers and their customers excellent, high-value products and an unparalleled level of service."
World-class drummer Eric Singer of KISS added, "Attack drumheads have been an integral part of my sound for over 20 years. After speaking with Mark [Tirabassi] about the new product designs, concepts, and direction of the brand, I can safely say the future of this drumhead brand is on the Attack!"