Sam Hodgen, a pioneer of pipe band drum design and manufacturing and the owner of Andante Percussion of Northern Ireland, died on February 4, 2009. He had suffered from a lengthy illness.
Hodgen started Andante in 1986 as Pipe-Major of the Moneygore Pipe Band of Rathfriland, Northern Ireland, a group that had experience dissatisfaction with existing drum technology. He designed and built the new Andante snare drum, as well as a range of drumming accessories.
Hodgen built Andante Percussion into a leader in the pipe band market, competing directly with Premier and Pearl. Among the prominent bands currently playing Andante snare drums are Vale of Atholl, Boghall & Bathgate Caledonia, Tayside Police and Lothian & Borders Police.
Andante has also been a sponsor of the RSPBA’s World Solo Drumming Championships for more than a decade.
On behalf of the piping and drumming world, we express our sympathy to Sam Hodgen’s family and many friends.