William H. "BIG" Reamer
October 26, 1921 - February 21, 2007
William H. Reamer, affectionately known as "BIG," was a well-known National Snare Drum Champion, instructor, drum judge, drum & drumstick-maker, mentor, loving husband, father and grandfather.
Bill started drumming in 1933 with a Boy Scout drum and bugle corps and worked weekends (between the years 1935 and 1938) at the drum shop of William A. Barry, located at 3426 Market Street in Philadelphia, PA, a youthful precursor to the establishment of his drum making business 41 years later. He studied drumming under Joseph L. Walters, Charles S. Walton (drum maker of Philadelphia), prior to W.W.II, Al Moffat (Connecticut drum instructor) and Benjamin Podemski - 1st Chair Percussionist with the Philadelphia Orchestra. In 1936, Bill was a member and drum instructor of Archer . . .