In the orchestra, the tenor drum is normally struck with wooden sticks which have thicker tips than the snare drum’s. The same grip (matched or traditional) is used as on the snare drum. Timpani mallets are also used.
Tenor drums (without snares) are played chiefly in military bands in Britain and the USA and are beaten with soft timpani mallets.
The snareless tenor drum also plays an important role in drum ensembles (drum corps) in Britain and North America, where they are generally beaten with felt sticks.
Left: Tenor drumstick; right: Snare drumstick