About Us


My name is Marcus Brown and I have a passion for West African drums and percussion instruments, especially the djembe!

I started Wooden Roots in the USA over 10 years ago with my wife Gemma and we have recently moved back to the UK, our homeland, where we are continuing our journey. I only accept the best and pride myself in sourcing the world’s best djembe shells, instruments and materials (generally all from West Africa). Making and selling drums for people who share my passion is one of the most rewarding things to me as well as introducing people to the culture and watching them grow within it. I also repair drums when they get damaged or are in need of some TLC. I try to make life easy for you by helping you select the right drum for your needs. I also offer beginner drum lessons from my studio in Woodbridge, Suffolk to set you on your way.

On this website you can find unique instruments, equipment and merchandise for sale or perhaps book your drum in for a tune up! Check out our community page to get in touch with the drum-loving community in your area or connect with what’s happening here at Wooden Roots. Don’t forget to ask about our team building sessions, designed to bring your team together in a fun and relaxed way so you get the most from your team whilst they are at work.

Alternatively if you just want to talk drums or have a question for me, feel free to give me a call and I will do my best to help you.

Thanks and happy drumming!