THE FIBES STORY
Fibes Drum Company was originally founded in 1966 by Bob Grauso,
a professional drummer, and John Morena, a specialist in composite
materials, and also a drummer. They came up with the name by combining
the core sound of a drumvibes, short for vibrations, and fiberglass,
the material used in the original drum shells.
Fibes quickly became one of the foremost American manufacturers
of professional quality percussion instruments. Eventually, Bob
and John decided to sell the company to the C.F. Martin Organisation,
makers of Martin Guitars. The company thrived for about 10 years,
but because Martins interest in drum manufacturing was a low priority,
the company did not keep up with changes in the market place.
With the onslaught of foreign competition, Martin sold the fixtures,
machinery, inventory, and equipment to Jim Corder who renamed the
business Corder Drums. The Fibes trademark was sold to another party,
who had a business agreement with Martin to distribute Fibes drumsticks.
Corder sold the company in 1990 to Sammy Darwin, a radio programming
consultant, who operated the company under the name Darwin until
Tommy Robertson learned of the status of Darwin Drums, and began
negotiations to purchase the factory from Darwin. After eight months,
an agreement was made. In December of 1994 the factory was purchased
and moved into a newly-designed facility in Austin, Texas. The Fibes
trademark was also purchased in December, thus reuniting the original
name and product. The market response to the reborn company has
been extremely positive worldwide.