March to the Beat of Your Own Drum

Tuning is our culture

Fugate Instruments is the cutting edge in drum technology

Patented Drums, Keyboard Percussion, Woodwinds, Brass, Cajons, OEM Products, Custom Carrying Bags

Our instruments are used by music professionals, students, and organizations throughout the world

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1 Drumset

Fugate drum kit made from African Padauk staves. Staves tuned to the key of A.

Fugate Next Generation Xylophone Package.

Fugate Next Generation Xylophone Package.


Fugate 3.0 and 2.6 octave Desktop Xylophones.

Fugate Snare Drums.

Fugate Snare Drums.



Fugate Für Elise Snare Drum. This drum is made from Honduras Rosewood and each stave is tuned to a note from Beethoven’s Für Elise.

A Culture of Tuning

Fugate Instruments prides itself on our tuning methods and strategies.  Our staff has a combined keyboard percussion instrument tuning experience set of nearly 50 years.  Brett Fugate, the founder of Fugate Instruments, began his marimba tuning career with the now extinct company Decatur Instruments in 1994.  In 1998 Fugate became the chief tuner for Musser.  At Musser he spent many years studying all aspects of marimba, vibe, and xylophone fabrication.  Simultaneously, Fugate also spent some time tuning at Century Mallets.  After Fugate’s tenure at Musser he began Fugate Instruments as a natural progression of pushing the art and science of tuning.  At Fugate Instruments our mission statement is “…To continue to perfect the sculpture of sound.


Brett Fugate displays a Fugate tuned drum shell at the Chicago Drum Show in 2016.

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