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UPDATE: Drum maker legend Remo Belli dies

Posted: April 26, 2016 1:54 p.m.
Updated: April 26, 2016 5:55 p.m.
1927 - 2016. Remo Belli, founder of Remo drums in Santa Clarita, died at age 88 on Monday, April 25. Photo courtesy of Remo Inc. 1927 - 2016. Remo Belli, founder of Remo drums in Santa Clarita, died at age 88 on Monday, April 25. Photo courtesy of Remo Inc.
1927 - 2016. Remo Belli, founder of Remo drums in Santa Clarita, died at age 88 on Monday, April 25. Photo courtesy of Remo Inc.
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Remo D. Belli, 88, founder and CEO of Remo Inc. — the Valencia-based drum and drum accessories manufacturer — has died, an executive with the company said Tuesday.

“He passed away in the middle of the day (Monday),” Remo Inc. President Brock Kaericher said Tuesday. “It was kind of shocking to everyone. He touched a lot of people all around the world. Phones were ringing off the hook.

The pioneer drum maker suffered from health complications that developed into pneumonia, Kaericher said.

The company released a media statement Tuesday that reads: “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,” the statement said.

Like a rock star, Remo Belli never went by his last name. Both he and his company were known simply by one name: Remo.

Credited with making drums readily available during the heyday of rock ‘n’ roll, Remo first founded his firm in 1957.

Considered a percussion pioneer in the industry, Remo invented the first successful drum skin from a synthetic material, Mylar, because the traditional animal skins were a problem for drummers in the rain or humidity.

He patented the Mylar drum skins — and the rest became history. Remo’s invention became an industry standard.

Denny Seiwell, drummer with Paul McCartney and Wings, tweeted: “Another sad bit of news. Remo Belli of Remo heads passed away. A great man. He will be missed by many. RIP REMO.”

Remo first opened a small store in Los Angeles, later moving to the San Fernando Valley and then to Valencia, where he operated in a 200,000-square-foot facility on Industry Drive in the Valencia Commerce Center.

Continuing to innovate, Remo launched drums using 100 percent recycled wood fiber in 1983. By the early ‘90s, however, Reno took note of the growing studies in education and medicine showing the healthful effects of music. He expanded the reach of his company by hosting drum circles for children and adults alike.

His efforts to bring the joy of drumming to players of any skill set benefited professionals, enthusiasts, children, the elderly, those at risk, and those faced with emotional or physical challenges, according to the company.

He committed himself and his company to “providing drummers, the world over, with quality products and programs while striving to expand the acceptance of rhythm and in particular drumming as an integral component of an individual’s wellbeing,” the company said in its statement.

In early 2015, he donated 30 percussion instruments to a local charter school, Santa Clarita Valley International.

“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. We will miss you. Rest in peace, Remo,” reads the company’s parting words to its famed founder.

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