Our history of tradition and innovation
Majestic is a brand of thoughtfully designed instruments for the professional, the educator, and today’s percussion student utilizing carefully constructed ideas born from both traditional percussion instrument heritage and a culture of innovation.
Majestic traces its beginning to the family firm of van der Glas B.V. founded in 1921 by Willem Klazes van der Glas, the grandfather of the present proprietor Wim van der Glas. The fledgling company began in the old city center of Heerenveen, the Netherlands and sold organs, pianos and wind instruments with the production of percussion instruments following soon thereafter.
In 1960 the ‚Majestic‘ brand name was introduced for these percussion instruments. At that time drum sets were particularly popular, and many rock bands in the Netherlands and other countries used the Majestic drums in popular music.
As time went on, the production of percussion instruments for orchestras and marching bands became the most important part of the company’s production and Majestic began to specialize in timpani and marching drum production.
In 2003 Majestic joined the KHS group of musical instrument brands and became an important part of one of the largest musical instrument manufacturers in the world. With the success of this important merger, a full manufacturing capability was in place to produce both a full range of modern marching drums and a full range of orchestral mallet percussion instruments.
A new company was established for the Majestic division called „Majestic Holland b.v.“ and a large new factory in Nijehaske, near Heerenveen was established for continued select timpani production in keeping with the Dutch rich musical instrument making tradition.
Founder Willem Klazes van der Glas set a standard of excellence in 1921 that remains the governing philosophy for Majestic.
Product development, engineering and production are overseen by family members and every model must adhere to stringent standards of craftsmanship and performance.
We invite you to explore the entire selection of Majestic percussion instruments and discover for yourself how intelligent designs intersect with percussion instrument tradition. We Invite you to Join the Majestic Percussion Movement as you explore your own music making.
Under a philosophy to support music education and community since 1930, KHS Musical Instruments Co., Ltd., has become one of the largest musical instrument producers in the world today. Incorporating some of the fastest growing brands in the industry, KHS can offer a full line of quality instruments to school music programs and individual players.
Kong Hsue Sheh, formerly named the „Wan-Wu“ group was established by Chien-Chung Hsieh and his brothers in Kaohsiung Taiwan in 1930. In Japanese, Wan-Wu means „everything available.“ Following the end of the Second World War the Hsieh brothers decided rename the company to reflect its core customers; mainly schools, teachers and students. Wan-Wu formally became known as „KHS“ and has sought to dedicate itself to the education field and focus on servicing our society.