This video shows multiple ways of muffling a bass drum.

About the Author

JOHN DUNLAP has over 30 years of experience composing, arranging, and teaching in the percussion realm and proudly serves as an Educational Artist for Innovative Percussion Inc., Evans drumheads, and Mapex/Majestic. John’s original arrangements have been featured on Wayne Downey’s Xtremepercussion website, a part of EXTREMEBRASS LLC at http// and with Shane Gwaltney at http// Dunlap is well known to educators, parents and students as a teacher who creates a positive and enthralling learning environment for students of all ages along the Eastern and Southern coastlines. John has functioned in a number of capacities with many successful scholastic and independent educational youth organizations around the United States and South America. Many of these organizations were finalist and medalist in SoundSport, Drum Corps International, Drum Corps Associates, Bands of America, Winterguard International, as well as in numerous local marching band and indoor circuits. Inducted into the Gulf Coast Circuit Hall of Fame in 2009 and the Louisiana Color Guard and Percussion Circuit in 2012, John currently resides along the Gulf Coast where he continues to focus on composing original scores for a variety of educational levels. John currently serves as Percussion Representative, Advisory Board Member and Percussion Judging Coordinator for the LMCGPC, a position he has held for 5 years. Hehas also served as the Circuit Director. Mr. Dunlap is an assistant band director with Biloxi School District and percussion arranger/consultant for Medellin Gran Banda.

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