Where Did the Drums Come From?

The drums date back to 5500 B.C. in China, where people used them for religious ceremonies and rituals. The cymbal component dates back to 1100 B.C. in China or Turkey, but people in Egypt and Israel also used cymbals at this time.

Medieval Europe is responsible for the snare drum as people know it today, which dates back to the 1300s. The drum stick also goes back to the 1300s. The timpani and bass drum go back to the 1400s, and both originated in Europe. The drum sets that people are familiar with today date back to the 1930s.