A drum kit—also called a drum set, trap set, or simply Drums—is a collection of drums and other percussion instruments, typically cymbals, which are set up on stands to be played by a single player with drumsticks held in both hands and the feet operating pedals that control the hi-hat cymbal and the beater for the bass drum. A drum kit consists of a mix of drums (categorized classically as membranophones, Hornbostel-Sachs high-level classification 2) and idiophones most significantly cymbals but also including the woodblock and cowbell (classified as Hornbostel-Sachs high-level classification 1). In the 2000s, some kits also include electronic instruments (Hornbostel-Sachs classification 53) and both hybrid (mixing acoustic instruments and electronic drums) and entirely electronic kits are used.
A standard modern kit (for a right-handed player), as used in popular music and taught in music schools, contains:
A snare drum, mounted on a stand, placed between the player's knees and played with drum sticks (which may include rutes or brushes). A bass drum, played by a pedal operated by the right foot, which moves a felt-covered beater. One or more toms, played with sticks or brushes (usually three-floor tom, rack tom1/2). A hi-hat (two cymbals mounted on a stand), played with the sticks, opened and closed with left foot pedal (can also produce sound with the foot alone). One or more cymbals, mounted on stands, played with the sticks.
List of Avenged Sevenfold Drummers
The Rev was the first Drummer in the band after he joined in 1999. After he died in 2009, he was briefly replaced by Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater fame.
Mike Portnoy, the drummer of Dream Theater, briefly replaced The Rev after the latter's death as the drummer in Avenged Sevenfold to help them finish the album Nightmare. After the album was released, he left the band, and was replaced by Arin Ilejay.
Arin Ilejay was the third drummer in the band, replacing Mike Portnoy, and helped them record one album, Hail to the King. After the release of the album, he left the band, and was replaced by Brooks Wackerman.
Brooks Wackerman, formally of the band Bad Religion, replaced Arin Ilejay as the fourth drummer of Avenged Sevenfold in 2015, and remains in the band to this day.