Founded in 1849 by Joseph H. Rogers, the Rogers Company originally manufactured high-quality animal-skin heads for the fast growing Banjo market. The Rogers facility is believed to be the first drumhead factory in the U.S. They soon established themselves as the maker of the finest calfskin heads available. This legacy of quality and innovation would later establish Rogers as one of the premier drum companies in the world. By the 1930?s the decline in popularity of the banjo created a need to diversify their business, so Rogers began manufacturing drums and drum accessories.