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A drummer in action
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Live drumming
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A drummer is a musician who plays the drums, particularly the drum kit, marching percussion, or hand drums or cow bell. The Drummer is a fictional character from the comic book, Planetary by Warren Ellis and John Cassaday. ... Jars of Clay is a rock band from Franklin, Tennessee. ... Drummer Boy is an EP release by Christian folk group Jars of Clay featuring a new interpretation the classic 1958 Christmas Carol Little Drummer Boy, originally by the Harry Simeone Chorale. ... Image File history File links Sessiondrummer. ... Image File history File links Sessiondrummer. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... “Instrumentalist” redirects here. ... For other kinds of drums, see drum (disambiguation). ... A drum kit (or drum set or trap set) is a collection of drums, cymbals and sometimes other percussion instruments arranged for convenience playing by a single drummer. ... Marching percussion instruments are specially designed to be played while moving. ... A hand drum is any type of drum that is typically played by striking it with the bare hand rather than a stick, mallet, hammer, or other type of beater. ...


The term percussionist means a player on any percussion instrument, but usually refers to a person who plays classical or Latin percussion. Ideally, a studio drummer is a drummer who can play well in any musical genre (or combination of genres) asked of him. In the studio, a drummer will often be given a sheet of music to read with one or two words describing the style. From this basic information, an accomplished drummer will understand the groove and feel of the song. Some of today's most famous studio drummers are renowned for their ability to adapt to any style of music. Percussion instruments are played by being struck, shaken, rubbed or scraped. ... The term Latin percussion refers to any member of a large family of musical percussion instruments used in Latin music, which in turn is a very loosy related group of musical styles, mainly from the Latin American region, and ultimately having roots or influences in African tribal music. ...

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Drummers in the military

A drummer in a parade.
A drummer in a parade.

Before motorized transport became widespread, drummers played a key role in military conflicts. The drum cadences provided set a steady marching pace, better than often accompanying wind instruments such as flutes (signal instruments such as bugles have another primary function), and kept up the troops' morale on the battlefield. Military drummers were also employed on the parade field, when troops passed in review, and in various ceremonies including ominous drum rolls accompanying disciplinary punishments. In some cases drummers had the duty of administering those punishments. They would set the tempo for a good whipping.[1] Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (487x1059, 740 KB) Drummer Lungegaardens Buekorps. ... Image File history File linksMetadata Download high-resolution version (487x1059, 740 KB) Drummer Lungegaardens Buekorps. ... Look up Cadence, cadence in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... A signal instrument is a musical instrument which is not (only) used for music as such, but also fit to give sound signals as a form of auditive communication, usually in open air. ... This article or section does not cite any references or sources. ... A drum roll is a method a percussionist employs to produce a sustained sound on a drum. ...


Drummers are no longer employed in battle, but their ceremonial duties continue. Typically the buglers and drummers belonging to the companies (which often have one of each) are massed under the sergeant-drummer and on the march play alternately with the band of a regiment or battalion.


Even more than in Europe (and its (ex-)colonies), military music was a well-established tradition in the Orient. When Emir Osman I was appointed commander of the Turkish army on the Byzantine border in the late 13th century, he was symbolically installed by the handover of musical instruments by the Seldjuk sultan. In the Ottoman Empire, the size of the military band reflected the rank of the commander in chief: the largest were reserved for the Sultan (viz. his Grand Vizier when taking the field). It included various percussion instruments, which also became generally adopted in European military music (as 'Janissary music' though until then it was never specifically associated with those Turkish troops) after the failed siege of Vienna which started a general Turkish fashion. The pitched bass drum is still known in some languages as the Turkish Drum. The term the Orient - literally meaning sunrise, east - is traditionally used to refer to Near, Middle, and Far Eastern countries. ... This does not cite its references or sources. ... “Ottoman” redirects here. ... A bass drum is a large drum that produces a note of low definite or indefinite pitch. ...


Notes

This article incorporates text from the Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition, a publication now in the public domain. Encyclopædia Britannica, the eleventh edition The Encyclopædia Britannica Eleventh Edition (1910–1911) is perhaps the most famous edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. ... The public domain comprises the body of all creative works and other knowledge—writing, artwork, music, science, inventions, and others—in which no person or organization has any proprietary interest. ...


External links

  • Drummers Forum
  • Modern Drummer Magazine
  • Drummer World
  • U.S. Army Bands

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