Find the best bass drum lessons, classes, and instructors at Heykiki and how to play the bass drum instrument. The bass drum is the largest of all instruments as well as the instrument with the deepest sound. One can often see a bass drum in marching bands, ensembles and orchestras, in military bands, and most drum sets. It is played using sticks or beaters. There are three main types of bass drums, the orchestral/concert bass drum, the kick drum, and the pitched bass drum.