Adam argullin bio

Adam found out early in life that drumming was his calling. “I found an old picture of me when I was 3 or 4 with my first kit. It was a Muppets drum set that had ‘Animal’ on the bass drum head. Since then I’ve been hooked.”

Adam grew up in a musical home in Western Kentucky (father – an accomplished steel guitar player, and mother – a vocalist). He recorded on his first album gig by the age of 11 and was playing smoky bars and night clubs with his father by age 14. “I remember my dad having to get permission from club owners to get me in to some of the places we played.”

Adam played every opportunity possible throughout high school including marching band, indoor drum line, concert band, jazz band, pep band and every other ensemble out there. After high school, Adam attended Eastern Kentucky University and again joined every ensemble there too. After studying Music Merchandising, Adam graduated in 2000. It was during this time that Adam founded and started his company, Adam Argullin Mallets™, which he still operates today. “Just like drumming, I wanted to experiment and find new ways to do something. I wanted to make marimba/ percussion mallets different than anyone else and hopefully reach that one person out there that was like me, and wanted something different.”

Adam cites some of his musical influences as Vinnie Colaiuta, Dave Weckl, Buddy Rich, Neil Peart, John Bonham, Teddy Campbell, Stewart Copeland, Rich Redmond, Chad Szeliga, Chris Coleman and Benny Greb to name a few.

Adam decided to take a slightly different path after college. He began a career in law enforcement as a police officer during the summer of 2001. Adam always dreamt that one day he would be able to combine his love for drumming with his chosen career. After spending time working undercover, achieving certification as a Drug Recognition Expert and becoming a DARE (Drug Abuse Resistance Education) Instructor, Adam is finally combining those two worlds.

Adam has relocated to Northern Kentucky. He is a full time police officer, a private drum instructor, a recognized public speaker/ trainer, a mallet maker, business consultant and can be seen playing out and about with bands or local churches.