About Ron Carlisle
My background and training is archeology and history, and I received my Ph.D. in anthropology. However, music was always an active avocation. I studied timpani and percussion privately with the late William Schneiderman, former timpanist and percussionist with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra. I became timpanist of the McKeesport (Pennsylvania) Symphony Orchestra after playing in the orchestra’s percussion section for six years. I played timpani for the next 14 years. I began making timpani sticks for myself and a few others at that time and eventually developed Carlisle Percussion Products in response to requests from friends and colleagues for high-quality timpani sticks. Over the years, I have crafted timpani sticks for many professionals now playing all over the world. I bring the same attention and care to the making of sticks for student performers as I do for professionals. I make and cover all my sticks myself; there are no others involved in the process. I expanded my stick making to include both bass drum and tam-tam sticks. I also collect and refurbish or restore antique timpani and do historical research on the instrument.
“Every request I’ve made for a pair of mallets has come back to me gorgeously hand-crafted and impeccably conceived …..”
-Ed Stephan, Timpanist, The Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra