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Shawn Ryan

"It's not that I am an artisan who created the original drum, but a dedicated craftsman with a passion for sonics an understanding of the material.  I am on this lifelong journey as a passionate drumer who desires to create an atmosphere for meaningful change."

Under his Wing

"I picked up the drums in 5th grade through an after-school program and continued all through high school. I struggled in the traditional classroom due to a visual processing disorder. Shop & Music empowered me to listen & take a bottom up approach to life. One day my percussion teacher handed me a raw Counter Hoop and asked if I wanted to paint it, the pivotal moment connected my two interests allowing me to express myself in a new way."

Start with what you have

"I later landed a job working for a specialized wood supplier where I assisted with the musical drum shell division.  My first week on the job I was sent out to deliver shells to some band on tour named Poison. The drummer Rickey Rocket & his tech. Bobby "Tango" Gibb had converted an airstream trailer into a workshop. Here we were hanging behind the tour bus and the duo were building custom drums on the road. I realized it doesn’t take a bunch of sqft or fancy machines to move someone’s heart."


"While I enjoyed the work, I was hollow on the inside just like the very drums I was building. I began filling the void with a self-indulgent "rock star" lifestyle, though in reality I was passively committing suicide.

A regular named Roger (Battlefield Drums) often stopped in for shells & I noticed something was a bit different about him. Regardless of life’s trials he wasn't empty like I was, often saying "I am blessed" in a cheerful manner. I had no idea what it meant, but that little phrase stuck with me.

While I did not grow up in a "Christ centered home" I surrender my life to Jesus Christ in 2009 after a series of events. Life is certainly no walk in the park, though I can cheerfully say the void in my heart is filled, "I am blessed"."

Be the SALT, be a light.

SALT empowers you to take the lead, colaborate with others, and beat drums to make more than noise. More than a campaign or a movement, we are using sound to become sound.


Phone: (805) 387-DRUM



Salt Drums #6149
1350 E. Chapman Ave.
Fullerton, Ca 92834-6149