Pork Pie Percussion
IndustryMusical instruments
Founded1987; 36 years ago (1987)
FounderBill Detamore [1]
Key people
Bill Detamore (President)
ProductsDrum kits and hardware

Pork Pie Percussion is a US musical instrument manufacturing company based in Canoga Park, California. Established in 1987, it has been producing handmade Drum kits and hardware since then. Part of the products are manufactured in Taiwan.[2]


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In 1987, Bill Detamore –a drummer himself– started making drums as a hobby, then evolving to a more professional grade. The company's name was taken from a New Zealand movie called Goodbye Pork Pie as Detamore stated in an interview.[3]

By 2006, the company had only 9 employees and its drums were sold with Bill Detamore's signature and the date of manufacture.

Recently, Pork Pie has introduced the Little Squealer line, the Piglite acrylic line and the Big Black Brass snare drums. The Big Black Brass drum as well as the Little Squealers are MADE IN TAIWAN. Piglite drums are made in California. The Little Squealer line has grown from one snare drum to a 4 piece drumset and 4 assorted snare drums.

In addition to drum manufacturing, Pork Pie also offers a complete line of services that include drum restoration, customizing, and refinishing. Bill Detamore has done customizing for many big bands from Van Halen to Yes and Fleetwood Mac to Framing The Red, Marilyn Manson, Blink 182 and Guns N' Roses.

Drumset lineup

Pork Pie offers three types of drumsets. The Little Squealer line is a mid line drum that is made in Taiwan. The Piglite line are acrylic shelled drums hand-crafted in California. Everything else is hand-crafted and made-to-order.


Musicians that use/have used Pork Pie drums are:


  1. ^ History on Pork Pie website
  2. ^ Pork Pie Drums - Overview on Cajon Guide, 19 Oct 2019
  3. ^ A Brief History of Pork Pie Percussion & My Limited, Heavy Brass “Porkster” 6.5 X 13” Snare Drum by Bob Campbell, 2 July 2015
  4. ^ Tim Alexander on Modern Drummer
  5. ^ Marky Ramone on Modern Drummer
  6. ^ Jim The Reverend Sullivan on Drummer World
  7. ^ John Kramer on Plunder and Lightning