Drum Major


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Drum Major

 

a noncommissioned officer in charge of a regimental drum and bugle corps and responsible for the corps’s training. The position of drum major was established in the French Army in 1651; the position existed in the Russian Army from 1815 to 1881. Drum majors were chosen from among tall noncommissioned officers. They wore an elaborate uniform and carried a baton with a gilded knob and tassels, with which they gave signals to the corps.

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Brodie joined Drum Major John Matheson in Nairn, leading 204 pipers and drummers in front of thousands of people.
But he has cont inued to perform as drum major for Denny and Dunipace Pipe Band at local competitions, gala days and Highland Games.
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At left, Martin Vera of Fremont High practices his drills with the other drum majors.
Mr Whillans, who spent almost 10 years as Jedburgh's drum major, said he wanted the band to "push the barriers" and slammed the "depressing" rehearsals.
3 -- color) San Fernando High drum major David Herrera, 17, leads the band from atop bass player David Perez's amplifier.
Drum Major Drew Caldwell, 34, from Bathgate, West Lothian, said: "We think we're getting somewhere and then all of a sudden we take a step back.
Reseda High School drum major Ivan Hernandez, 17, said he liked his band because of its family atmosphere.
Karen Sands, mother of drum major Brandon Sands, said she's seen a complete turnaround in the quality of the band.
Another Scot, drum major Brian Alexander, of the Black Watch, will lead a massed band at the funeral.
It's kind of discouraging to compete against schools that have better equipment,'' said Canoga Park drum major Jose Morales, a junior.
Drum major Brian Alexander, of the Black Watch, jetted in with comrades from their base in Germany last night to prepare for their sad role.