Rock Hill High School
Christopher Retschulte is the Director of Percussion at Rock Hill High School in Prosper ISD in Prosper Texas. He holds a Masters Degree in percussion performance for the University of Massachusetts, where he was the Teaching Assistant to Thom Hannum. He also holds a Bachelor Degree from Eastern Kentucky University where he studied with Rob James.
Christopher was a member of the front ensemble of the Star of Indiana Drum and Bugle Corps in 1993, and has gone on to instruct and arrange for numerous drum corps including Star of Indiana Brass Theatre, The Troopers, Boston Crusaders, The Blue Knights, The Santa Clara Vanguard, The Academy, The Madison Scouts, and the Yokohama Scouts. He has additionally been on staff with the University of Massachusetts Percussion Department and Thom Hannum’s Mobile Percussion Seminar.
Christopher is currently the Percussion arranger for the Shijonawate Gauken High School Marching band in Osaka Japan. He is an active composer/arranger with Tapspace Publications. Throughout his career he has been awarded multiple WGI Gold Medals, multiple DCI High Percussion Trophies, multiple PAS Showcase Concerts, multiple All-Japan High Percussion Trophies, multiple BOA Regional Champions, and a Grand National Championship. He currently endorses Pearl/Adams Percussion, and Remo Drumheads. Christopher currently lives in Celina Texas with his wife, Andi and daughter, Lyric.
FFXM Championship Maple Snare Drums
PMTM Championship Maple Tenor Drums
PBDM Championship Maple Bass Drums
Pearl CX Air Frame Carriers
MBS3000 Advanced Marching Bass Drum Stand
MTS3000 Advanced Marching Tenor Stand
MSS3000 Advanced Marching Snare Drum Stand
Pearl Marching Covers
Pearl Marching Cases
Marching Bass Drum Accessory Mount (PCS11)
Marching Tom Accessory Mount (MUH10T)
Marching Tom Mount Accessory (BBS651B)
Bass Drum Mallet Holder (BMH100)
5.0 Octave Alpha Z-Frame Marimba
4.6 Octave Artist Synthetic Marimba, Endurance Field Frame
4.3 Octave Concert Synthetic Marimba, Endurance Field Frame (MCKF43)
3.5 Octave Soloist Synthetic Xylophone, Endurance Field Frame (XSKF35)
3.3 Octave Artist Glockenspiel, Endurance Field Frame w/ Damper Pedal
3.0 Octave Concert Vibraphone, Endurance Field Frame (VCSF30)
Symphonic Chimes (BK3203CF)
Pearl Concert Percussion
36" x 18" Pearl Concert Bass Drum, STBDF Field Frame (PBE3618/F46)
14" x 4" Philharmonic Beaded Brass Snare Drum (PHB1440)
14" x 5" Philharmonic Solid Maple Snare Drum, #204 High Gloss Walnut (PHM1450204)
14" x 5" Philharmonic 6-Ply Maple Snare Drum, #204 High Gloss Walnut (PHP1450101)
14" x 6.5" Philharmonic African Mahogany Field Drum, #210 Matte Walnut (PHX1465210)
Philharmonic Double-Headed Concert Toms (PTA)
T1030 Tom Stand
Pearl Percussion & Accessories
Horacio Hernandez Signature Cowbells (HH3-HH4)
Pearl Slap Stick (PSS100)
PCX100 Rack Clamp
PCX200 Rack Clamp
FFXM Snare Drums
No other Snare drum has changed the face of marching competition like the FFX Championship Maple Series. Used by today's top marching ensembles, these drums have won more than their share of trophies. Featuring the OneTouch Snare Strainer system in combination with a 6 ply 100% Maple free-floating shell and a super lightweight aircraft aluminum frame, FFXM Snare Drums are a force to be reckoned with.
PMTM Tenor Drums
There is no other sound in the world of marching arts like the Pearl Championship Tenors. Designed for today's top marching ensembles, the Pearl Championship Tenors offer a 6-ply 100% Maple shell, providing a warm, rich sound with supreme durability.
PBDM Bass Drums
The Championship Bass Drums were designed with the same formula used to design the FFX snare drum and Championship tenors. 6 plies of 100% Maple shells offer maximum resonance and huge sub-frequency projection. To compliment the Maple shells. 2" wide 6 ply Maple Hoops are secured by extra wide claws for an evenly dispersed pressure for consistent tuning. Lightweight one-piece high strength aluminum castings and 6mm case-hardened tension bolts provide uncompromising strength and durability for years of high performance use.
CX Air Frame Carriers
Elegantly Simple. Incredibly Solid. These are the words that best describe the CX AIRFRAME Carrier from Pearl, which combine a lightweight, simplistic design with rugged durability. Field tested by the world's top marching ensembles, this revolutionary breakthrough in carrier design is highly adjustable with minimal moving parts, making this the perfect carrier for players of all sizes and skill levels. The CX AIRFRAME Carriers feature a solid rod, form-fitting upper shoulder frame attached to a thin aluminum belly plate with extreme range of motion. The ACS (Agility Control System) Belt unites the player to their instrument for optimal stability in today’s modern use of body movement. Adjustment of the carrier is done easily with a standard drum key. The shoulder and belly pads are removable for cleaning and are built with a “Stealth” design; the Carriers practically disappear under the uniform.
Advanced Marching Hardware
Pearl’s Advanced Marching Hardware delivers rock solid stability and lifetime long performance. In the stadium bleachers, in the field, and everywhere else you will take your equipment – we believe is should be easy to work with, solid to play on, and durable year after year. Easy to use, rock solid, any place, any time.
The Adams Alpha Series Xylophone strikes an iconic pose in any venue. The high sweeping arc of the resonators, rich wood stain finish, and polished aluminum nameplate all merge seamlessly to form a visual and aural statement in modern design. Alpha Series Xylophones feature our wide uniformed width Alpha tuned Honduras Rosewood bars for consistent tuning and ease of playing throughout the range of the instrument. The Adams Voyager frame promotes perfect instrument height adjustment for any size player via its easily accessible handle. The flowing resonators provide optimal projection for large rooms and are available in a choice of 3 unique powder-coated finishes. The beautiful flowing oak rails create motion from every possible angle and are available in 3 stunning hand-stained finishes.
Adams Artist Series Marimbas, with their durable yet beautiful black tolex-wrapped rails and end pieces, are manufactured with the highest levels of craftsmanship and quality materials to meet and exceed the demands of today's top marimba virtuosos. Only the finest aged Honduras Rosewood is considered for the keyboard which is then tuned via the Alpha Tuning Method producing not only the perfect fundamental note but the perfect harmonic structure throughout the upper register. The resonators found on all Artist Series Marimbas are structurally welded for the utmost in strength and isolation from mechanical noises. Each structurally welded resonator tube is carefully designed to amplify the fundamental note and give you maximum volume, sustain and clarity. Lower register resonators are tunable and each resonator system is mounted on a rubber isolation system to ensure the maximum resonance and eliminate all possible mechanical noise.
Adams Concert Series Marimbas feature the perfect combination of quality and affordability. Borrowing the same craftsmanship and Alpha Tuning method from the Artist series, graduated bars are available in Honduras Rosewood, Padouk, and Synthetic Zelon. Available on the Voyager Frame and Endurance Field Frame, there is a Concert Series Marimba for the requirements of professionals, universities, schools, and outdoor ensembles. All Adams bars are meticulously precision tuned though Adams' proprietary computer-assisted method that ensures the instrument’s sound is balanced perfectly throughout the entire range. Padouk is a natural material with a similar tonal response to rosewood, with a slightly shorter sustain. With its lower cost, Padouk is the ideal bar choice for personal practice instruments or an ensemble. Field-tested by today’s top drum and bugle corps, Adams' specially designed Synthetic Zelon bars offer the highest quality tone and projection available, while withstanding the heat of even the most forbidding outdoor performances. Zelon has a bright timbral response that maximizes projection and sustain to fill even the largest of spaces.
Adams Soloist Series Xylophones feature a choice between prime Honduras Rosewood or durable Synthetic Zelon bars and include many of the same great designs and features found on our higher-end Concert Series Xylophones. For the university or competitive high school band in search of an ultra high-quality xylophone with unmatched durability for both indoor and outdoor use, the Adams Soloist Series with Synthetic Zelon Bars is the perfect choice. The Adams' specially designed synthetic zelon bar material produces a high-quality warm tone, with great projection throughout the entire range of the instrument. Like all Adams Xylophones, the Soloist Series Synthetic models feature precision tuning to an incredible sixth overtone - this allows the synthetic zelon bars to produce a truly balanced, warm and resonant sound with perfect pitch. The 3.5 octave Soloist Xylophone features uniform bars, and slightly graduated bars on the 4.0 octave.
Inspired by vintage instruments of the 1920s, the Adams Artist Glockenspiel is the new modern standard. The 1.25” high-grade steel Round Top bars sparkle with an unparalleled timbre and gorgeous bright nickel-plated steel resonators project the instrument clearly through every ensemble. The open rail system of the Adams Artist Glockenspiel not only allows for the foot-operated damper system but also eliminates “case noise” that is normally produced by bells that are mounted in a box. The patent-pending reversible damper system allows the player to operate the pedal like a vibraphone (normal on / pedal down to release) or in a reverse position (pedal off / pedal down to dampen) depending on the musical necessity. Unique to this damper system, accidentals are still mounted in a normal stacked configuration, making the Adams glockenspiel the most playable and practical instrument available.
Adams Concert Vibraphones feature precision graduated bars in either Anodized Silver or Gold, along with the durability and stability players demand in the studio and in the clubs. The Concert Series Vibe is available with either the Voyager or Endurance Field Frame and features black tolex covered rails and end caps, making a distinct impression on stage or in the home. The instrument’s 12-volt motor runs safely on 110 or 220-volt power with the special converting power adaptor, completely eliminating the possibility of any electrical hazard. Clean mounted controls allow the player to choose whether the fans stop in either the open or closed position. The motor speed is fully adjustable from 25 to 150 rpm with intuitive fader control. A newly advanced, foot-operated precision dampening mechanism allows both damper and rail height adjustments, allowing each player to custom configure the feel of the instrument to their exact playing style. The damper also utilizes a new supreme quality felt material to achieve truly silent damping. An optional Long Pedal Extension Accessory converts the swivel pedal to a full-length pedal board.
Adams Symphonic Series Chimes feature a custom brass alloy for optimum sound quality. The 1.5” large diameter tubes produce an extremely impressive tonal quality and fully balanced intonation. Symphonic Chimes are also available with Field Wheels for outdoor transportation. Each set of Adams Chimes comes standard with a full-length protective cover and a two-tone mallet.
Concert Series Bass Drums were designed to meet the need for a great sounding, well constructed Bass Drum to fit within any school's budget. Full-bodied projection and sustain make the Concert Series Bass Drum the perfect choice for the stage or the field.
Philharmonic Beaded Brass
PHB Philharmonic Brass offers the highest frequency response in the Philharmonic Series with bright cutting clarity and finesse. 1.5mm thick brass Philharmonic shells have a bright, highly focused, well-balanced bright ringing tone that soars without being choked or forced, perfect for situations needing more volume and projection. Beaded brass shells on 5” and 6.5" depth drums add a touch of style and strength while the 4” piccolo depth is a straight brass shell to accommodate the shorter tube lug standoffs.
Philharmonic Solid Maple
The Philharmonic PHM snare drum is painstakingly hand-formed from a single ply of fully aged prime Maple to achieve the pinnacle of concert snare drum attack response, dynamic capability, and tonal color in one instrument. Truly professional quality - only from Pearl.
Philharmonic 6-Ply Maple
From the lightest touch to the thickest rolls, Philharmonic 6-ply 100% Maple shell snare drums deliver the power to be heard, with a dark, full tonal response that has become the preferred sound of orchestras and artists around the world. Maple is the ideal choice for a concert snare drum due to its range of frequency response and warmth in sound quality. Our exclusively manufactured 7.5mm 6-ply 100% Maple wood shells have a smooth even texture that remains durable under a wide range of conditions and accepts a variety of rich lustrous finishes. This highly respected acoustic wood offers a wide dynamic range and a well-balanced overtone response. Full-bodied low frequencies, with an even balance of high and mid-tones, have made this shell the all-around accepted premium material in the acoustic drum industry.
Philharmonic African Mahogany
Philharmonic PHX African Mahogany concert snare drum features a unique shell design and the world-renowned SR500 Triad Strainer Systems. PHX drums are used for a wide range of playing styles and are available in 14” x 5”, 14” x 6.5”, 14” x 12”, 15” x 8”, and 16” x 16” sizes. PHX brings a Classic and Iconic American Sound to the Philharmonic Series and is as equally beautiful to look at as they are to play. PHX Philharmonic snare drums feature a 4-ply African Mahogany shell with 4-ply Maple reinforcement rings, producing an incredibly full tonality with a natural low-frequency response that is ideal for concert applications. Both the 1580 and new 1616 models feature 6-ply Natural Maple hoops and 8 chrome Slim-Line Aluminum tube lugs with insulated low profile chrome claw hooks, as well as a special snare combination of Synthetic Gut and Heavy Coated Cables for a dark and full sound reminiscent of rope and field drums. The 1450 and 1465 models include standard Philharmonic features such as Die-Cast hoops, 10 ClassicTube lugs with stainless steel tension rods, and Vintage cut snare beds while the 14" x 12" Concert Field Drum utilizes the responsive and flexible SuperHoop II rims for maximum dynamic range. The SR500 strainer system is outfitted on these models with a combination of coated cable, Synthetic gut, stainless steel, and light cable snare materials for a whisper-soft response, and a warm projecting tone that will be heard in the largest venues. All PHX snare drums feature fully rounded bearing edges on both top and bottom for a fundamentally focused response and easy tuning with a variety of head styles. PHX Philharmonic African Mahogany drums are finished in a classy #210 Matte Walnut finish and backed by Pearl’s industry-leading Lifetime Warranty.
Today's music requires instruments with power, projection, and fullness of sound. Today's percussionists demand instruments that have a tonal quality that can be used in the studio for the most delicate passages, powerful enough to be heard at the back of the stadium, and durable enough to last on the road. Pearl Philharmonic concert toms do all that with the best hardware on the market to back it up. Pearl's Philharmonic Series Concert Toms feature 100% 6-ply African Mahogany shells for a rich sustain and powerful penetrating bass tones. The Double-Headed Toms are equipped with Pearl’s renowned OptiMount suspension system which attaches to the batter and resonant side tension rods and floats the drum on rubber cushions. OptiMount allows the drum shell to be completely isolated from the stand and tom arm, further improving resonance and sustain. The Single-Headed Toms are equipped with Pearl’s I.S.S. Mounts (Integrated Suspension System) attached to the drum hoops which allows the shell to resonate freely resulting in maximum sustain and resonance.
Horacio Hernandez Signature Series
The Horacio Hernandez Signature Cowbells are available in 6 models of varying size and tonal characteristics.
The PSS100 18" Slap Stick is made of Asiatic hardwood and provides a clean and crisp "clack" that can be found nowhere else.
From Pearl's premium, tour-grade hardware range, the T1030 Double Tom Stand features two separate Gyro-Lock tom holders for infinite angle adjustability. Each is attached to the stand with a removable 3-way ADP30 clamp, allowing independent height and angle positioning. The main Trident Tripod features insulated pipe joints for rock-solid height settings and silent stability.
The original Icon Rail Clamp, Pearl's PCX100 is the the basis for our entire line-up of frame-based drum support parts; and the most rigid drum rack bracket available.
The Icon PCX200 Rotating Rail Clamp lets you fine tune the angle and reach of anything mounted to our trademark square drum rack rails.
Marimba Covers / Bags
Adams Marimba cases and bags will ensure your instrument will last for years to come while maintaining its supreme quality and durability.
Adams Vibraphone covers will ensure your instrument will last for years to come while maintaining its supreme quality and durability.
Xylophone Covers / Bags
Adams Xylophone cases and bags will ensure your instrument will last for years to come while maintaining its supreme quality and durability.
Adams Glockenspiel covers will ensure your instrument will last for years to come while maintaining its supreme quality and durability.
Adams Chimes covers will ensure your instrument will last for years to come while maintaining its supreme quality and durability.