News From Terre Haute, Indiana

July 7, 2013

Historical treasure: Keepin’ the beat: 1960s Zantrels drum set

Kimberly Smith
Special to the Tribune-Star

TERRE HAUTE — At first glance, the thought, “it’s just a drum set,” goes through one’s mind. However, with all things that enter the Vigo County Historical Museum, it has a story.

Donated a few months ago by local Hautean and musician Anna White, the Ludwig brand drum set was played by her during the 1960s.

With an ivory-colored pearlized veneer, the drum set was purchased after White watched The Beatles on that famous Ed Sullivan show in 1964; her thought was “she could do that,” and so she did.

Forming the band The Zantrels with a cousin and friends, they would play parties and rock ’n’ roll concerts in Clinton, Terre Haute and Paris, Ill., areas. Often drawing a big crowd, the band even had its own “go-go” dancers.

The Zantrels were courted by a record label; however, with the group members still being in high school, their parents had a say, which was “no.”

By the late 1960s, White was still playing her drums in local bands such as Ann and the Boys and The Keepers of the Watch; however, by the 1970s, she turned to playing guitar as part of a duo.  

The drum set will be on display as part of the Museum’s upcoming exhibit, “And the Band Played … Vigo County’s Music Scene Up Through the 1960s.” The exhibit opens July 15 and will include more stories and interesting facts about Vigo County’s music history. And something to keep in mind: Everything has a story to tell.

Historical Treasure

•The Vigo County Historical Society’s museum is at 1411 S. Sixth St. Hours are 1 to 4 p.m. Tuesday through