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  • (noun): A cylindrical metal container used for shipping or storage of liquids.
    Synonyms: metal drum
    See also — Additional definitions below


The drum is a member of the percussion group of musical instruments, which is technically classified as the membranophones. Drums consist of at least one membrane, called a drumhead or drum skin, that is stretched over a shell and struck, either directly with the player's hands, or with a drum stick, to produce sound. There is usually a "resonance head" on the underside of the drum, these are usually tuned to a slightly lower pitch than the top drumhead. Other techniques have been used to cause drums to make sound, such as the thumb roll. Drums are the world's oldest and most ubiquitous musical instruments, and the basic design has remained virtually unchanged for thousands of years.

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Drum Major - Roles
... Conductor Drum majors are responsible for knowing the music of the ensemble and conducting it appropriately ... During the 1970s and prior it was not uncommon for a stationary drum major to do a high-lift mark time on the podium for an audible and visual tempo with the arrival of increasingly higher drum major platforms ... Current drum majors use a variety of conducting patterns and styles that suit the needs of their respective marching bands and/or drum corps ...
Drum Major - History
... The position of drum major originated in the British Army with Corps of Drums in 1650 ... calls and battle signals during that period, and a fife and drum corps, directed by the drum major, would use short pieces to communicate to field units ... and pipe bands around the 18th century, the position of the drum major was adapted to those ensembles ...
Types of Drum
... Aburukuwa Ashiko Bass drum Batá Bedug Bodhrán Bongo drums Bougarabou Cajón Candombe drums Chalice drum Chenda Cocktail drum Conga Darbuka Damphu Davul Dayereh Dhak Dhimay Dhol Dholak Djembe ...
Drum Major - United States Marching Bands - High School - Selection and Auditions
... The process of appointing high school drum majors varies based on the school, though it is recognizably up to the director's discretion as to who to select, which is done typically through an audition process where ... cases, ask one of the previous marching season's drum majors to join him or her for the auditions to help make a decision as to who to pick (though such an opportunity is usually brought upon the lead drum major) ... In addition, the opportunity to be a drum major may not be open to everyone in a band, as potential candidates may be required to first serve as a section leader/captain/officer, and/or that they are a junior or ...
Drum Workshop
... Drum Workshop (also known as DW Drums or simply DW) is a drum and hardware manufacturing company based in Oxnard, California ...

More definitions of "drum":

  • (noun): A musical percussion instrument; usually consists of a hollow cylinder with a membrane stretch across each end.
    Synonyms: membranophone, tympan
  • (noun): Small to medium-sized bottom-dwelling food and game fishes of shallow coastal and fresh waters that make a drumming noise.
    Synonyms: drumfish
  • (noun): A hollow cast-iron cylinder attached to the wheel that forms part of the brakes.
    Synonyms: brake drum
  • (verb): Play a percussion instrument.
  • (verb): Make a rhythmic sound.
    Synonyms: beat, thrum
  • (noun): A bulging cylindrical shape; hollow with flat ends.
    Synonyms: barrel
  • (noun): The sound of a drum.
    Example: "He could hear the drums before he heard the fifes"

Famous quotes containing the word drum:

    It shall be said that gods are stone.
    Shall a dropped stone drum on the ground,
    Flung gravel chime? Let the stones speak
    With tongues that talk all tongues.
    Dylan Thomas (1914–1953)

    Not a drum was heard, not a funeral note,
    As his corse to the rampart we hurried;
    Charles Wolfe (1791–1823)

    If all would lead their lives in love like me,
    Then bloody swords and armor should not be;
    No drum nor trumpet peaceful sleeps should move,
    Unless alarm came from the camp of love.
    Thomas Campion (1567–1620)