An Anchor for the Soul

Josh's New Kit

Recently I parted ways with the DW kit that’s been my baby for the last 10 years. You've seen it, it's the kit in all of my past Worship Artistry videos. This was really a leap of faith for me because we all know that when you get comfortable with a kit you never want to let it go. Once you find the tones that you like and learn how to make your kit sound like the drum sounds that are inside your head, you’re set. Not to mention every time I played a different venue the sound guys always told me how great the kit sounded. It's difficult to find just the right tones and when you do, you don't want to fix what ain't broken.

Tiptoeing Out of My Comfort Zone

Lately I've been wanting to venture outside of my comfort zone and get more of that old school vintage sound. I’ve had my eye on a drum company for the last few years and definitely wanted a kit of theirs for my own. They’re called Anchor Drums and they’re a custom drum company based out of North Carolina. I first came across this company online a while back and loved the look of their kits. Then I was renting some gear from a guy in Nashville for a session and he actually had a kit and let me hit around on it to see how it sounded. I absolutely loved it.

At Long Last

It took about a year for them to be finished but they arrived about a month ago and I’m in love with them. It was worth the risk. I’m still getting them dialed in and learning how they feel but they definitely have the sound that I’m looking for. They’re 5 ply Maple shells and I’m playing a 24” kick, 13” rack tom and a 18” floor tom. I also asked them to add a special touch on top of the kick drum: a carving of an anchor.  This represents one of my favorite verses, Hebrews 6:19, “We have this hope as an anchor for the soul” -- the hope that we have in Jesus Christ.


If you're looking to get a new kit, I highly recommend Anchor Drums. Shawn Skipper makes some amazing drums so give him a call and tell him I sent you. Check out the new kit below in some of our latest lessons.  It's never easy to step out of your comfort zone, but so often worth it.  

Anchors Aweigh


Tempo: Medium

Song Key: D♭

The Cross Has The Final Word

Artist: Cody Carnes

Working around the awkward tuning on this one but it works.

Such a fun song to play. Get ready to have fun in the bridge!

This has a good groove and some 16ths to navigate.

Big song builder.


Tempo: Down

Song Key: D

Your Glory (Nothing But The Blood)

Artist: All Sons and Daughters

Easy acoustic picking and some slide on lead.

Such laid back grooves

You don't come in until 2:19 but we bring it up to 16ths.

Piano takes the lead in this one.

Josh Ward is a versatile drummer of 18 years and heavily involved with the worship team at Marcus Pointe Baptist Church in Pensacola, FL. He is a husband to Rosie, dad to Amos and drum instructor for

An Anchor for the Soul

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What is the website?

Now, for the past three to four years, I have been drumming, trying to learn everything that I can about the art. The drum set that I own is a simple drum set for beginners. What size everything is I have no clue about. But I do have a question. In the article, you kept on repeating the company, but I never saw a link to a website or anything like that. Do they by chance have a website that I could look at and check out these drum kits?