You may have heard of cowbells and not really known what they are, what they sound like and where they are used. Not to mention, how did someone come up with ’Cowbell’ as a name!

Yes, it’s a question you’ve all been pondering over…well, maybe…maybe,not.

I’m here to help you understand what a Cowbell is, why it is what it is and where can they be used. So, grab a cup of tea and learn something new…something that not many people know and something you’ve obviously been pondering over, until now.

Key facts:

  1. Cowbells got their name from their historical purpose – Herdsmen would attach a similar sort of bell to their cattle and other animals on the farm to keep track of their herd! The term cowbell is used because of their extensive use on cows!
  2. A standard dairy cow weighs in at around 1,200 pounds – That is around the same weight as 20 average sized children!!
  3. You can lead a cow up the stairs but not down the stairs as cows can’t bend their knees properly in order to get down the stairs.
  4. Cows only have bottom teeth
  5. Cows can smell up to 6 miles away!
  6. The average cow drinks up to 30 and 50 gallons of water each day

Did you know all of this? I certainly didn’t, until doing my research for this blog post. Interesting, huh?

Rocket have created several different sized cowbells to showcase different tones – perfect for the classroom or playgroup. Add these distinct bells to your percussion range and in turn add a new depth to the music created. The pure tone and deepness to the sound creates a great base to a musical creation. You could even use the cowbell to create a beat, great for learning about tempo!

Rocket 9.5 inch Cowbell – F#

This great value cowbell is the largest size in the Rocket range. It is a popular choice in schools, percussion ensembles and for drummers. It has a robust construction giving off a loud tone when struck. This cowbell is supplied with a strong mounting bracket which enables attachment to drum kit.

Rocket 8.5 inch Cowbell – B

Best selling cowbell, a versatile percussion instrument ideal for schools, percussion groups and drum kits. Easy to play and makes a fantastic loud tone. Can be mounted on to your drum kit – quick and simple and maintains a solid position when fitted.

Rocket 7.5 inch Cowbell – C#

All Rocket products offer excellent value for money and this Cowbell is no different.  Easily attachable to your existing Drum kit or played as a piece of percussion in its own right, this strong steel construction will produce a Striking Sound.

Rocket 6.5 inch Cowbell – C

Fantastic loud cowbell, a great option for schools, as well as percussion groups or simply for attaching to your drum kit. Mounting bracket with screw attached is easy to attach and offers good stability. Great value for money.

Rocket 5.5 inch Cowbell – D

Robust steel construction cowbell which produces a fantastic loud sound. Features well made mounting bracket with screw attached. Ideal for use as part of a percussion ensemble or for attaching to drum kit. Once mounted on your kit, the cowbell remains in a solid position. Excellent value for money.


Rocket 4.5 inch Cowbell – E

A popular choice for schools, this is a robust cowbell which produces a loud tone. A great option for percussion ensembles or for attaching to a drum kit. Easy to mount on to a drum kit and maintains a solid position. Good value for money.

About the author

Shona joined the Web Team in September 2017 after graduating from university in Sport Science and Management. She is enjoying being part of the team and learning more about the world of Normans and Music. Shona played the clarinet at school but you're more likely find her belting out a Little Mix track these days; doing her very own Carpool Karaoke.

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