Mounting buckets to players' bodies takes performance possibilities to a whole new level that audiences are sure to appreciate and enjoy!
Making "marching" bucket drums is super-simple!
[The material quantities below make 1 marching bucket.]
(1) 20"-36" bungee cord or rope (depends on size of performer)
(2) 1/4" eye bolts (any length as long as it is threaded all the way, not halfway)
(4) washers with 1/4" hole
(2) lock nuts (or regular nuts with Loctite or rubber cement)
1/4" drill bit (standard/general use)
Socket wrench (a 1/4" crescent wrench or even pliers will work in a pinch)
Remove the handle from the bucket, if there is one.
Drill two holes 10-12" apart, 1-2" below bottom (playing surface) of bucket. [On Home Depot buckets, this is at the corners of the graphic – simple!]
Place 1 washer on 1 eye bolt.
With the "eye" (circle) on the outside of the bucket, screw the eye bolt into one of the holes with your hand so that only the eye is showing – the rest of the bolt should be inside the bucket.
Holding the eye with one hand, place another washer on the eye bolt from the inside of the bucket.
Thread the lock nut onto the bolt until finger-tight. Then, use a socket wrench to tighten all the way. I prefer for the eyes to be perpendicular to the ground when fully tightened.
Repeat steps 3-6 for the other side.
To attach, hold the bucket at waist level and attach the bungee cord to one eye. Hold the bucket and the hooked bungee cord with one hand and grab the other end of the bungee cord with the other hand to hook it to the other eye. The bucket should be snug to the performer's body.
To adjust the length of the bungee cord, experiment with tying knots to shorten it. Once, I had a parent donate adjustable bungee cords made by the factory he worked at! There are some incredible things out there – be creative and see what you can find!
Pictures + How-To Instructional Video coming soon!