Your drum builder – Marc Hayward is a native of upstate New York’s Adirondack Mountains. Drumming since 1983, he has explored many jobs from being a Stagehand in his 20’s to becoming an Executive Chef. Moved to Florida in 1995, and in 1999 switched careers and began building apartments, homes and restaurants with a crew of framing carpenters. From there, he progressed through nearly every phase of carpentry from finish work, to roof geometry, furniture and cabinet making to designing and building music studios. Made the leap to drum building after designing and construction of his own improved jigs and tooling techniques,

Marc resides in Ocoee, Florida (just outside Orlando), with his wife and son, and about 10,000 snare drums.

Come join the family at Hayward Drum Company. Let us know what we can build for you. – Marc

Accolades and insight from Percussionist who play Hayward Drum Co drums.

Curtis Lyons Jr.

Full time at Drummer For Hire and Drummer at House of Prayer


Jazz Professors

Marc has developed a technique for building snare drums that is absolutely fantastic. All of the drums that you see on this page will sound awesome. He has a huge variety of different sounding drums that would suit any style of music that you play. The White Mother of Pearl drum that is displayed, is mine and I absolutely love it. Not only does it sound great, it also looks beautiful done up in the classic WMP. Looking forward to seeing my wood hoops with WMP inlay that Marc is making for me. Never have seen a snare done up like that.


Just received my snare from Marc. The craftsmanship is top notch. This snare sounds and looks amazing. It’s very sensitive while still providing projection and body with an amazing backbeat. This snare was featured in the 2014 snare drum Olympics. Take a listen for yourself look it up on YouTube. By the way I also own a brady snare and I have to say Marc’s snare sounds much better. Thanks Marc. You build a mean snare.


Thank you Hayward Custom Drums for making such incredible snares!


Monday’s Mona Lisa

Amazing craftsmanship on all of the drums made by this guy! Anybody who wants a custom drum should get in touch with them immediately. Marc is a really great guy and makes TOP quality snares!


I purchased a Hayward custom snare drums for our son a few years ago and he loves it. It plays great and has an amazing sound!


Great craftsmanship, attention to detail, and incredible tone. If you are looking for those qualities in a drum, look no further. 5 stars!


I have know Marc for many years! He has a passion for woodworking and accomplished percussionist. I love my maple shell snare Marc crafted for me. The tone is pure and dynamic. I would highly recommend Hayward Custom Drums.


Professor of jazz studies, UCF

Top shelf drums. This guy has a voice. Check his gear out! We’ve recorded with his drums numerous times, and they are fantastic.


New quarter sawn White Oak Stave drum via Hayward Drum Co.! This dude is legit!