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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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