The Sageman Story

Back in 1997 Jim "Sageman" Knapp and his lovely wife Kris dared to dream big and from the trunk of their car Sageman Drums was born. It’s hard to believe that more than ten years have passed since those early days but here we are.

While Sageman has grown, the vibe remains the same. Jim and Kris got their start as dedicated “Deadheads” and Music Festival fans, traveling the country loving the energy and community these events created. The idea was hatched and the first Sageman Drum booth was born. Small but mighty that idea has evolved into the big beautiful Sageman Drum City and Community Drum Temple seen today at the many Music Festivals they attend each year.

Today the Knapps are the proud and hard working owners of one of the most unique small companies in the music industry. Never forgetting their roots, the Knapps have stayed true to their mission; to produce and make available the most unique and innovative Djembe Drums, Old World Hand Percussion, Drum Wear, Jewelry, Accessories, and authentic hand crafted goods from Bali and beyond!

Today Sageman is undergoing its biggest change to date. We’re leaving our offices in Southern California and heading north. From our new home in the Redwoods we’ll be working from the brand new Sageman Drum Co. offices and warehouse. Along with our new website we’ve been quite busy and we’re proud to share with you these accomplishments made entirely possible by you, the legions of Sageman supporters. Thanks!

Sageman Drums continues to operate as a nationwide wholesale and retail provider of Djembe Drums and Drum lifestyle clothing and accessories. As a faithful NAMM member we have our pulse on the industry and bring it to you. Sageman Drums also participate in many charitable organizations and offers substantial discounts to schools and non-profit youth groups looking to bring the healing nature of old world percussion to the classroom.

The “Sageman” loves what he does! We know that you’ll love our products too! There are many ways to purchase Sageman products. You can find us at your local Sageman retailer (see directory), on-line directly through our website ( or come and see us in person at a music festival.
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