NOTE: Bonnaroo 2020 has been postponed. The new dates are Thursday, Sep 24, 2020 – Sunday, Sep 27, 2020. Many of you have been building drums at Roo with us for the last 15 years. We promise we'll be there in September for TuTu Tuesday!


So you wanna build a drum at Bonnaroo?  This is your page for All-Things-Roo!

Step 1: CHOOSE your drum type! 

Step 2: EXPLORE your decorative options! 

Step 3: Make a PLAN  - leave enough time between shows to build your drum!  


  1. "Festie" - 12"H, 7.5" Head - 

  2. 18" Softwood Ashiko - 9" Head

  3. 24" Softwood Ashiko - 12" Head

  4. 24" Softwood Djembe - 13" Head

  5. 24" Hardwood Djembe - 13" Head

  6. 28" Hardwood Djembe - 16" Head

PAYMENT INFO: We accept CASH (preferred!), PayPal, Square, Venmo, and Facebook friend-to-friend payments. 

Note: "Festies" are our BACKPACK DRUMS! They are the easiest to make, and they're small but mighty! Festie drums are a great option for kids because they require the shortest time commitment. These also make awesome "souvenir" drums for teens & adults! Commemorate your festival experience with something you made from scratch! The skins on these backpack drums are tacked on rather than laced onto rings, which is one reason they take less time to make and cost less $. 

Note: Besides the price, you'll notice a difference in sound quality between soft- and hard-wood drums. For new drummers, we recommend softwoods. For experienced drummers, we recommend hardwoods. 

Note: Smaller drums will have higher pitches. 


Our drum workshops are cost-inclusive. This means that while we do have a few paid upgrade options such as thicker skins or custom artwork, the art supplies listed below will be available in our workshop as you birth your drum: 

  • Acrylic paint, assorted colors 

  • Wood stains, assorted colors

  • Wood oil finishes 

  • Lacquer (poly)

  • Wood burning tools (*adults only) 

  • Tie-Dyes (dye your skin OR your shell)

  • Sand paper, assorted grits

Check out our PHOTOS page OR our FACEBOOK page for inspiration!



These PRO-TIPS are from our staff AND past Roo drum-builders! 

  1. Have a plan before you jump in. You won't complete your drum in one sitting. You can work on your drum throughout the weekend, one chunk at a time when you need to chill out. 

  2. Some drums take longer than others. ASK questions. For example, you can complete a festie in just a few hours, but a djembe requires that you work for several hours, let it sit overnight, then work several more to finish. We do not ship unfinished kits. Don't plan to start a djembe on Sunday - you won't finish before the fest is over! The BEST PLAN OF ATTACK: Start early in the week and pace yourself. Come work on your drum between shows, or when you need some chill time. Try to be done by Saturday afternoon so you don't have to choose bewteen your favorite shows and finishing your drum!

  3. Larger drums require a lot of one-on-one staff guidance. Let us give YOU the best experience we possibly can. Sunday is absolutely insane because everyone is rushing to finish before the evening headliners. If you want a lot of personal guidance, START EARLY in the week!

  4. Our busiest times are mid-afternoons. Our least busiest times are early mornings and during headliner acts.

  5. We are at the tent 24/7 protecting your works-in-progress, but we usually close down to sleep a few hours between 3am-9am. If you come before 9am, bring us coffee or Amish donuts and we'll let you in ;)

  6. We have seven staff members that work 18-hour days to give 200+ of you a beautiful experience. Bring a sense of humor. And Amish donuts. 

  7. Drums are like tattoos - they are deeply personal, and for some, this is a spiritual experience. Don't harsh anyone's vibe. RADIATE POSITIVITY. If someone's having a hard time, ask them to participate in a 30-second dance party!

  8. Can't draw? We always have at least one artist in residence that help make your ideas come to life. You two will work out a separate fee. For legal purposes, our staff can NOT draw any copyrighted logos onto your drum. This includes any logos or phrases affiliated with Bonnaroo. We can't and won't - so don't ask :) 

GOT QUESTIONS DURING THE FEST? Text (504)430-7410. We won't always have our phone on, but we'll try to check it often!