Dynamic Percussion, in East Hartford, held a ribbon cutting on Aug. 21 to mark its joining the CT River Valley Chamber of Commerce.
The percussion-dedicated music shop has been in existence since 1985, and moved from Manchester to 6 Highland St. in East Hartford in 2015. Owner Gus Guastamachio said the store provides drums, cymbals, drum and percussion accessories, marimbas, timpani, and electronic drums, and teaches drums and percussion in the studios.
A drummer himself, Guastamachio said the store is his passion.
"It's part of who I am," he said, adding that there have been numerous interactions over the years that have let him know he's making a difference in the musical world.
"We have set so many young players up, who have either continued their careers as weekend players or have gone on into careers as professionals," he said. "All of the numerous examples of community outreach have thrilled me beyond belief."
Lessons are available to anyone, Guastamachio said, and a student recital is coming up on Sept. 24, with free admission.
"We're prepared to handle all new school band students. We offer lessons for all ages," he said, adding that currently, they have students from age 3.5 to 68 years old.
Guastamachio said that, over the years, electronic drums have tried to make a serious dent in the market, but nothing beats good, old-fashioned acoustic drums.
"Acoustic instruments are still king," he said. "Genres change from rock to pop to show tunes, but not much have changed in percussion."
Dynamic Percussion does sometimes rent equipment to schools and bands, but mostly services school instrument repairs and provides lessons. About twice a year, Dynamic Percussion holds clinics with nationally-known drummers.
Guastamachio, who had also been part of the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce, said it was simply time to join the CT Valley Chamber.
"They are a very active, enjoyable group of people, and I look forward to becoming a hopefully-very active participant," he said. "They seem to be an amazing group."