8/09 Rhythm Band Instruments acquires the Whacky Music product line.
8/08 The sixth million: 6,000,000 Boomwhackers tubes shipped worldwide!
4/07 The fifth million: 5,000,000 Boomwhackers tubes shipped to date!
6/06 The group Plastic Musik performs a full show entitled "Drastic Plastic" with Boomwhackers Tubes at Busch Gardens in Tampa, FL, for a full two-month run. Quoting Craig: "It's the most amazing thing I've seen anybody do with the tubes! It's a drumline-meets-'garbage can band'-meets-melody-meets-theater."
5/06 Boomwhackers Tubes appear on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno in a performance of the "Whacked William Tell" by Steve Russell and Kobi Shaw of "In Capable Hands."
1/06 The fourth million: 4,000,000 Boomwhackers tubes shipped to date!
5/05 Whacky Music officially enters the church market with Bible Boomers™, Vol. 1.
2/05 National Press Exposure: Boomwhackers are featured in Newsweek magazine, followed by the Washington Post in May, and the New York Times in July.
1/05 The 5-volume Boom-a-Tunes™ Curriculum Series for Primary Grades is completed with the introduction of Volume 5.
11/04 Boomwhackers Musical Tubes are a mega-hit among celebrities at the American Music Awards in Los Angeles and the Radio Music Awards in Las Vegas. Whacky Music participates in the product showcase and “celebrity gift bag” for both events. Musicians Jon Bon Jovi and Kenny G, among other stars, want sets for their kids.
11/04 Whacky Music, Inc., announces that its Boomophone XTS Whack Pack has received awards from several parenting and children’s organizations
10/04 The third million: 3,000,000 Boomwhackers tubes shipped to date!
5/04 A paragraph about the Boomwhackers® C Major Diatonic Set is included in a Readers' Digest article by Claire Greene, Executive Director of Parents' Choice Foundation, as a result of being named by Parents' Choice as one of the Best 25 Toys in 25 Years.
2/04 Craig appears ever so briefly on the Tonight Show with Jay Leno as a result of an interview at the American International Toy Fair. If you blinked, you missed it!
1/04 Whacky Music, Inc., introduces the Building Blocks™ Series of songbooks using a simplified form of music notation developed specifically for younger children to use with Boomwhackers Musical Tubes.
1/04 Whacky Music, Inc., introduces Whack Tracks: The Boomwhackers Sessions - Audio CD featuring Ralf Illenberger and Craig. This CD is the first to prominently feature Boomwhackers Musical Tubes on all tracks.
1/04 Whacky Music, Inc., introduces the Boomophone™ XTS Whack Pack, which combines the 8-note C Major Diatonic Set, the XyloTote™ Tube Holder, the Boomwhacker Whacker™ Mallets, the Whack-a-Doodle-Doo! Songbook, and an Octavator™ Tube Cap.
12/03 The Treble Extension Set of Boomwhackers Musical Tubes is added to the product line, representing the first addition of new tones since March, 1999.
12/03 The Boomwhackers® C Major Diatonic Set is selected by Parents' Choice Foundation as one of the Best 25 Toys in 25 Years.
10/03 Whacky Music, Inc., introduces the first of many educational materials developed for the tubes by Ellen Foncannon, Director of Educational Materials: the Boom-a-Tunes™ Curriculum, Volume 1.
8/03 Whacky Music, Inc., ships the first XyloTote™ Tube Holder, which makes it possible to play the Boomwhackers Musical Tubes in a whole new way - like a xylophone.
5/03 Whacky Music, Inc., hires music educator and composer Ellen Foncannon as Director of Educational Materials, signaling a commitment to produce an entire line of educational materials for Boomwhackers Musical Tubes. It also ships it's two millionth Boomwhackers Musical Tube.
10/01 Whacky Music, Inc., introduces the Whack-a-Doodle-Doo! Songbook, the first songbook to have all the musical notes color-coded to match the Boomwhackers Musical Tubes.
8/01 ONE MILLIONTH BOOMWHACKERS MUSICAL TUBE SHIPPED.
7/01 Whacky Music, Inc., enters into an agreement with Warner Bros. Publications to produce "joint publications" for the Boomwhackers Tubes.
6/01 Craig and Whacky Music, Inc. produce and present the first (and so far only) Sedona International Guitarfest in conjunction with the Sedona Cultural Park, featuring the following artists: Stanley Jordan, Tierra Negra (Raughi Ebert and Leo Henrichs), Peppino D'Agostino, William Coulter and Benjamin Verdery, Tim Sparks and Steven King.
2/01 Later that month, between 16,000 and 17,000 kids play Boomwhackers Tubes at a Phoenix Suns' special event for area children, led by Robert Van Arlen Smith of the (former) Character Through Music Foundation, setting a new record for most people playing Boomwhackers Tubes at one time.
2/01 Craig's first national TV appearance with the Boomwhackers tubes, on the Bloomberg Small Business Report on the USA network, as a result of an interview at the American International Toy Fair.
8/00 Whacky Music, Inc., in conjunction with the Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation, donates a classroom quantity (4 diatonic sets) to 5 schools in each of the 50 states, plus 5 schools in Washington DC and 2 in Puerto Rico. The retail value of the donation was over $25,000.
4/00 Craig first demonstrates Whacky Music's products at Musikmesse (musical instrument trade show) in Frankfurt, Germany, at the Blazer & Reinhardt booth (now Reinhardt GmbH).
11/99 How low can we go? Octavator™ Tube Caps are introduced, creating the ability to produce a third lower "contrabass" octave.
10/99 First known use of Boomwhackers tubes with audience participation at a professional performance: "Body Tjak / The Celebration", directed by I Wayan Dibia and Keith Terry (the latter the director of Crosspulse).
6/99 The Boomwhackers tubes get their first award: Dr. Toy's Best Children's Vacation Products. See Awards for additional award information.
4/99 Craig's first TV appearance with the Boomwhackers Tubes, on Phoenix Channel 3's (KTVK) Good Morning Arizona program.
3/99 Liberation from the Key of C: the Chromatics and Bass Chromatics sets are shipped for the first time.
2/99 Whacky Music, Inc., exhibits for the first time at the American International Toy Fair in N.Y.
12/98 Turtle Creek Chorale (Dallas) and the Seattle Men's Chorus, each with over 200 members, use the tubes in two full diatonic octaves for their holiday performances of familiar carols and the "Hallelujah Chorus" from Handel's Messiah. Tubes appear on the QVC shopping channel.
11/98 Boomwhackers Tubes begin selling to the toy market.
8/98 First book to discuss Boomwhackers tubes is published, "Drum Circle Spirit" by Arthur Hull (White Cliffs Media). The tubes are also featured on Track 5, Boom Whacka Boom, of the companion CD.
5/98 Whacky Music, Inc., picks up its first distributor to the musical instrument market.
4/98 C Major Diatonic and Bass Diatonic sets are added to the product line. Tubes are used at the grand opening of Disney's Animal Kingdom and become a regular feature of the performance of the Village Beatniks at the park.
1/98 Whacky Music, Inc., is formed by Craig and Monnie Ramsell and exhibits at NAMM.
11/97 Boomwhackers Tubes are a big success at the American Orff Schulwerk Association Conference in Bellevue, WA, featured in clinics by Arthur Hull. This was the first event where a large number of teachers had the opportunity to learn about the tubes.
9/97 First international sale goes to South Africa.
6/97 Current production version introduced by DrumSpirit with Craig Ramsell leading over 1000 Massachusetts Institute of Technology alumni and spouses in a tube jam at the alumni reunion Technology Day, Kresge Auditorium, MIT, Cambridge, MA.
1/97 The tubes are first exhibited by DrumSpirit at NAMM (the International Association of Music Products convention) in L.A.
6/96 Release of first recording to prominently feature the tubes, "Samba Nova" by Chalo Eduardo.
11/96 First known use of the tubes in a commercial movie soundtrack, Space Jam. (So we're told by Emil Richards, who performed with them on the soundtrack - we couldn't pick 'em out in the soundtrack when we saw the flick!)
7/96 Largest group playing the tubes and largest number of tubes used in a single event, a Silicon Graphics, Inc., company event, facilitated by Arthur Hull. Estimated at 2500 to 3000 people, the sheer number of participants was surpassed in 2/01, but this event remains unsurpassed for the largest group of people distinctly creating music by playing the tubes.
6/95 First production version of the Boomwhackers Tubes debuts at the Marin County Fair (CA), where they are featured in performances by D'Cuckoo, by Jorge Bermudez and Chalo Eduardo, and in a drum circle with Arthur Hull.
12/94 DrumSpiritTM is formed by Craig and Monnie Ramsell to develop and market the tubes.
9/94 Zakir Hussain & friends give the premier public performance with prototypes of the musical tubes at Cowell Theater, Fort Mason, San Francisco, CA.
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