The Making of a Drum Company: The Autobiography of William F. Ludwig II

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(Book). The Ludwig Drum Company was the world's largest drum company in the 1920s under founder William F. Ludwig, and again in the 1960s under his son. This fascinating autobiography by William F. Ludwig II begins with his childhood recollections of home life and his father's drum factory. As a teenager, Mr. Ludwig became the national rudimental champion and member of the famous International Marimba Symphony Orchestra. Taking time out for distinguished wartime military service, the author helped his father start a second drum company, W.F.L.

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(Book). The Ludwig Drum Company was the world's largest drum company in the 1920s under founder William F. Ludwig, and again in the 1960s under his son. This fascinating autobiography by William F. Ludwig II begins with his childhood recollections of home life and his father's drum factory. As a teenager, Mr. Ludwig became the national rudimental champion and member of the famous International Marimba Symphony Orchestra. Taking time out for distinguished wartime military service, the author helped his father start a second drum company, W.F.L. Restoration of the family name to the business, Total Percussion, The Beatles, N.A.R.D., selling the company to Selmer, and his active lecture career since all these topics are addressed here in captivating detail, in the words of William F. Ludwig II.

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  • Posted March 19, 2012

    Great History Of A Great Drum Comnpany

    If you are interested in Ludwig, or drums at all, or interested in business and how to survive, this is a good book to get. The Ludwig Company is one THE first drum companies in the U.S., and we have them to thank for many of the drum and accessory innovations we use today. They were (still are) innovative and customer driven. But as in any business, they fought to stay alive as competition came along and economies shifted. A story of how a company, and William Ludwig II in particular, survived in busines and remained passionate throughout.

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    Posted July 23, 2008

    Ludwig: The Most Famous Name On Drums

    William F. Ludwig II, 'The Chief' took his father's drum company to the forefront of drum manufacturing with innovation and remarkable leadership to become the most famous name on drums. He will be missed by the industry and all the drummers who play his wonderful instruments. This autobiography is a one of a kind look into the life and times of a great and kind man, a true gentleman. A fascinating book with insight to both his life and his work.

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