The first modern drum set was invented in the 1930s, and made popular by Ben Duncan. It included a bass drum, snare drum and cymbals.
Drums, in one form or another, have been used since ancient times. Archaeologists have discovered ancient drum sets in China, where it is thought they were used in religious ceremonies. Very slowly, drums have evolved to become the sets used today. Over the course of their evolution, drums have been used to set a marching beat for soldiers, as a form of communication between tribes or clans and, of course, in music. The first electric drums hit the scene in 1976 and were invented by Karl Bartos.