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Remo Belli (1927 - 2016)

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Remo Belli (1927 - 2016)

Remo Belli, the founder of the legendary drum manufacturer Remo Inc., died April 25 of complications of pneumonia, according to a statement on the company’s website. He was 89.

“It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Remo D. Belli, our beloved founder and leader. An innovator, pioneer, and icon of the world of percussion, he was an inspiration to us all for breaking new ground and making a difference in the world.

"Through his ongoing efforts, the professional, the enthusiast, children, the elderly, those at risk, and those faced with both emotional and physical challenges have been brought the joy of drumming.

"We mourn his passing, and he will be missed by people in all walks of life. His spirit lives on, and we will continue to pursue his vision of making drumming available to everyone alive.”

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Belli founded the company in 1957. He invented the first synthetic Mylar drumhead, which changed the industry. His famous Weatherking drumhead can be seen on many drum kits worldwide.

Belli, who was born in Indiana, became a professional drummer after moving to Los Angeles, California.

He partnered with drum education leaders and neurologists to create wellness programs that use rhythm as a way to help music therapists improve the quality of life for people with autism, Alzheimer’s disease, and post-traumatic stress disorder, or PTSD.

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