AHEAD (Advanced High Efficiency Alloy Drumsticks) was created in 1992 by Easton Company engineer Rick Grossman. Easton is best known for its innovative aerospace-grade aluminum sports products (arrows, baseball bats, hockey sticks), which were designed to replace wood in the manufacturing process. Being a drummer, Grossman set out to do the same for drumsticks and created a unique hybrid that utilizes an aluminum core and handle, threaded-nylon tips, and a replaceable sleeve made from injection-molded polyurethane. The exclusive distributor for these sticks, Big Bang, purchased the rights to AHEAD in 1997 and has since gone on to expand the brand to include cases, snares, practice pads, thrones, and hardware. This month, we have a selection of new stick and accessory offerings to check out. Let’s dig in.