Heavy responsibility for tenor drummers

By LARRY GAGE
Special to the PRESS

Snare drummers once used deep, old-style field drums that were clipped to a strap that went over their right shoulders.  There was a curved metal bar at the bottom of the drum that kept it braced against the drummer’s left leg just above the knee.  It wasn’t that difficult to march and play snare at the same time.  Today’s high school snare players use drums that are carried on a padded metal harness that goes over both shoulders, so that the “sway” factor is all but eliminated.

Back then, the biggest and heaviest instrument was the bass drum and the bass drummer had to be a hard worker.

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