Kat Percussion began as a small company back in 1985. Owner Bill Katoski and his partner Mario DeCiutiis had a vision to create the best and most innovative electronic drum products the world had ever seen. That goal to make professional e-drum products at the highest level of playability and performance is still alive and well today. When Bill sold the company to Mario in the early 90's the company was renamed Alternate Mode. Mario DeCiutiis, known for his creative thinking and boundless energy is still the chief innovator at Alternate Mode. Over the years, DeCiutiis has developed many innovative and revolutionary electronic drums and mallet percussion products including the malletKAT, panKAT, drumKAT and TrapKAT.