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Dynamic Percussion is an authorized dealer for the most well-known musical instrument manufacturers in the world. We feature both new and used/vintage equipment. Our large selection of drum sets, snare drums, cymbals, hardware, auxiliary percussion, hand drums, sticks & mallets, electronics, parts and accessories make for an unparalleled browsing experience for both new and veteran drummers alike.

There are no high-pressure salesman here, only friendly and knowledgeable drummers. Our staff is happy to answer all your questions and to accommodate any request you may have to try out certain gear. It is our goal to guide every player to make the ideal gear selection based on their abilities, playing style, musical needs and budget. Ask one of our staff members to explain the features of an item, or describe the differences between two drum sets. The knowledge you will obtain alone could make it worth a visit.

Please direct all sales inquiries HERE


Richard 'Gus' Guastamachio
Owner, Teacher

Richard 'Gus' Guastamachio graduated from the Peabody Conservatory of Music (Johns Hopkins University) in 1984 with a degree in Music Education and Percussion Performance. Gus served the nation as senior soloist with the US Army "Old Guard" Fife And Drum Corps, 3rd US Infantry (official escort to The President Of The United States) in Washington, DC from 1982 to 1985. Gus has studied with a long list of great percussionists, including: Tony Ames, Michael Bookspan, Fred Begun, Gary Burton, Gary Chester, Bobby Christian, Paul Cormier, Alan Dawson, Bob Gatzen, Jonathan Haas, Fred Hinger, Frank Hooper, Joe Morello, Ed Saindon, Ed Soph, Scott Stevens, Bill West and Christopher Williams.

Gus is a proud member of Vic Firth Education Team, Percussive Arts Society, Hudson Music TIP Program, Professional Drum Teachers Guild, Sabian Educators Network and Connecticut Music Educators Association/Music Educators National Conference. Gus performs throughout New England as a freelance percussionist.

Gus was recognized for excellence in music education and performance by Cambridge Who's Who in 2012-2018.



Dynamic Percussion operates a full-service repair department on site. Whether you have a simple maintenance issue such as a broken head or you have a complex restoration project, you can bring your gear into Dynamic Percussion for a free repair evaluation and estimate.

Examples of common repairs we perform regularly at Dynamic Percussion:

Head replacement
Drum tuning
Hand drum tucking
Hardware repair (stands, thrones and pedals)
Drum hardware repair (hoops, lugs, brackets, strainers)
Warranty Support (items must be in warranty period with receipt)

We are also experienced in tackling larger projects such as vintage restorations, refinishing and servicing instruments such as xylophones, vibraphones, marimba, orchestral chimes and timpani.

Every repair situation is unique, but you will be in good hands with our experienced technicians. CONTACT US with any questions you may have about your gear or simply bring the offending item in for a free estimate.



Lessons at Connecticut Drum Academy

Connecticut Drum Academy is the educational department at Dynamic Percussion. Connecticut Drum Academy offers an award-winning musical instruction program that specializes in private and group lessons for drums and percussion.

For all information about music lessons, please visit our LESSONS WEBSITE



Dynamic Percussion is proud to offer an equipment rental service to customers in Connecticut, Massachusetts and Rhode Island. We offer free delivery and pick up throughout Hartford County. Delivery and pickup are available statewide as well as to Massachusetts and Rhode Island for an additional fee.


1. A deposit of the full retail amount of the equipment to be rented will be required. This can be done with credit card, check or cash.
2. This deposit will be returned after the equipment is returned in satisfactory condition (within 3-5 working days). Any damage beyond normal wear and tear will need to be paid for out of the deposit.

All rates are plus CT tax, if applicable, and include free delivery and pick up within 25 miles, during normal business hours.

A. $125.00 per day.
B. $275.00 Weekend Fri. - Mon.
C. $200.00 per week.
D. $150.00 per week for consecutive week rentals.
E. Drum set rental includes 4 or 5 piece drum kit (Kick, 1 or 2 Mounted Toms with holder, Floor Tom, Snare Drum with Stand, Ride Cymbal with Stand, Crash Cymbal with Stand, 1 pair of Hi-Hat Cymbals with Stand, 1 Throne, 1 Kick Pedal).
F. Available kits = Mapex MyDentity Maple (Yellow Wrap w/ Blue Hardware), Yamaha Stage Custom (Natural Birch)

All rates are plus CT tax, if applicable. Delivery & pick up available (for a small fee).

A. $60.00 per day or weekend (Fri. - Mon.) for single cymbal.
B. $40.00 per day or weekend (Fri. - Mon.) per cymbal if renting more than one cymbal.

All rates are plus CT tax, if applicable, and include free delivery and pick up within 25 miles: Call for current rates

All rates are plus CT tax, if applicable. Delivery & pick up available (for a small fee).

A. $35.00 per day.

For other types of rentals (student kits, congas, marimba, chimes, xylophone, vibraphone, etc) or for extended rentals, please CONTACT US for more info.

Contact Us

  • Dynamic Percussion
    6 Highland Street
    East Hartford, CT
    Call us now: 860-647-8887

About Dynamic Percussion

of being an independently veteran owned and operated specialty drum and percussion center located at 6 Highland Street in East Hartford, CT. We are the region's premier resource for all aspects of drumming and percussion, having served the music community of Connecticut, Massachusetts and beyond since 1985!