Drummer's Journey close to opening in Moorhead's EastTen center

Michael Carbone is one of the co-owners of Drummer's Journey at 3202 Highway 10, Moorhead. The store is expected to open in the next week or two, Carbone said Tuesday, Nov. 26. He's pictured here with a display of custom cymbals. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

MOORHEAD - Michael Carbone plans to open a drum store that can’t be beat.

Drummer’s Journey is just a week or two away from being ready to Jingle Bell rock, Carbone said Tuesday, Nov. 26.

“We’re quite anxious to capture at least part of the holiday season,” he said.

Carbone co-owns the store with his wife, Terry, and sister, Patricia Carbone-Martin. It is located at 3202 Highway 10 in the EasTen Shopping Center between Runnings and Midwest Vision.


Drummer's Journey will soon open at 3202 Highway 10 in Moorhead's EasTen Shopping Center, co-owner Michael Carbone said Tuesday, Nov. 26. (Helmut Schmidt / The Forum)

Carbone, who is also the drummer for the blues group The Blue Wailers, is now taking on inventory, putting up fixtures, stocking shelves and getting his point-of-sale system running.

The store will offer full service, including repair, custom building and lessons. He hopes that it can help create a community of drummers that support each other.


“We want to serve drummers from their first practice to being a professional … (and) help them discover what they want to be,” Carbone said.
He plans to stock a range of products to serve different parts of the drum percussion community, be it rock, jazz, praise or parade.

“The support from the community has been overwhelming,” Carbone said.

“Drummers are looking for opportunities to try things and get them right away,” rather than waiting for an online order that they might not like when it finally arrives, he said. “We want to relieve that stress point for drummers.”

Carbone said he’s been a drummer since the mid-1960s. For the last 15 years, he’s worked with nonprofits dedicated to housing and other social justice issues.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
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