INSTITUTE OF MUSICAL INSTRUMENT TECHNOLOGY
The concept of the drum is probably as old as man. The idea of banging on something to make noise is second nature to us all. Ancient drums have been discovered in almost every part of the world. The oldest recorded drum is from 6000 BC.
The percussion family are instruments which sound when struck or shaken. Some
have definite pitch, others no defined pitch. The sound from most percussive
instruments decays quite quickly although this effect can be minimized by repetition.