Our Vision

  • To connect with all drummers in a special way.
  • To be available when drummers need us, even after hours in the case of musical emergencies.
  • To be a leader in stocking new percussion items.
  • To maintain the best sales and teaching staff in Kentucky.
  • To keep drummers informed of new products, events and special sales.
  • To create a laid back artist environment where all musicians want to come hang out and network.
  • To rekindle the passion of drummers who have put their music on hold to focus on other areas of their lives.
  • To help all percussionists achieve their dreams.

Our Future Goals

  • Show appreciation for our students with special discounts, student spotlights, and educational drum clinics and workshops.
  • Create drumming excitement through hosting special clinics and workshops.
  • Highlight local drummers and local bands.
  • Host charity percussion events to help the community.
  • Assemble percussion summer camps for the youth of Lexington and the surrounding counties.

Russ and Sandy Highland

Russ and Sandy Highland, the current owners of the Drum Center of Lexington, purchased the business from Candice Toole on June 26th, 2007. Russ and Sandy have been married since 1990, and both have lived in Lexington most of their lives. In addition, both Russ and Sandy have an extreme passion and respect for music.

Russ Highland

Russ Highland has been drumming since the age of 13, and he was one of Kevin’s first customers at the Drum Center of Lexington. He has drummed for many area bands including Magic, Toys, Dixie LaRue, 5-Below, and Catch 22. Russ currently serves as drummer for Northeast Christian Church

Sandy Highland

Sandy Highland comes from a large family of vocalists, songwriters, and musicians. She has served as a background vocalist for several country and Christian music published recordings.

Tina Burrus-Jacobs

Tina Burus-Jacobs began her music career at the age of fourteen as a country music recording artist in Nashville, Tennessee. She is Sandy’s sister and loves helping out in the Drum Center whenever she is available.

Vincent Grino

Vincent Grino better known as “V” was born in Brooklyn, NY and raised in Paintsville, KY.  V started singing at a very young age and picked up drums at age 8, thanks to his grandfather who introduced him to the drumming of Gene Krupa and Buddy Rich. V started taking guitar and piano lessons at age 12.  V joined the Paintsville Marching Showmen High School band playing the saxophone and later was transferred to Tuba with the promise that he would be in the drumline the following year.  He took lessons from Denny Giles out of Morehead State who had marched in The Bridgemen and The Star of Indiana drum corps.  After graduating from HS he attended the University of Kentucky and was a member of the Choristers, Chorale, Men’s Choir and the all male acapella group The AcoUstiKats.  While in college, Vincent joined a jam band by the name of Voodoo Symphony who played from 1997-2004.  Vincent started working for a band instrument company as their percussion specialist from 2003-2012.  He currently is the Manager of the Drum Center of Lexington and is the drummer/singer for The Fever, The 3rd Degree, & Space Cowboyz.

Kevin Toole (1955 – 2007)

Kevin Toole opened the Drum Center of Lexington in 1993. In 2006, he was diagnosed with terminal brain cancer. He passed away on June 11, 2007. He is survived by his wife Candice and his two daughters, Hannah and Meagan.

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