Gray America Corp.
A Custom Balanced,
Dynamically Tuned Baton

John C. Gray, President of Gray America Corp., and also an Ohio State University Marching Band Member from 1959-63, took on the challenge of designing an all-metal baton in 1975. At this time the last manufacturer of the all metal baton had ceased production and it was Mr. Gray’s goal to maintain the tradition. After 30 years of making the all metal baton with a hollow aluminum ball, Mr. Gray recognized the twirling ability of the drum majors had reached a new level. Consequently he tackled the challenge of improving the Gray Baton. The critical dynamics of the baton is the distance between the measured center point and the balance point. This is very difficult to control with a hollow aluminum ball so Mr. Gray developed the new “Gray Baton” with a solid composite material ball. The weight of this ball could be controlled perfectly and the shaft could be secured better and extend further into a solid ball than a hollow ball. The same 5/8” stainless, chrome plated shaft and balance plug is still used. The price of $50.00 that was established in 1976 continues today. The critical dynamics of the baton is the difference between the measured center point of the baton and the balance point. This dynamic is set at 3/4” but can be custom made for each drum major. This aspect is the greatest improvement in baton design and allows the advanced drum major to have better control of the baton.

We hope you enjoy the new and improved Gray Baton.


A Custom Balanced, Dynamically Tuned Baton

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