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The History of Drums

Man has been beating on drums from as far back as history records (books will tell you around 6000 BC). Among numerous other artifacts found through the years, hollowed out logs were excavated that were believed to be communication devices in primitive times. Drums would later take a more prominent role in tribal ceremonial gatherings where they accompanied ritual dancing and celebration.

Field Drums - Ellis Mirsky has assembled historical information on field drums including drum photos, information, and critical commentary on field drums with a focus on the rope drums of the American Civil War. New!

Recorded History of Jazz Drumming
The evolution of drumset through the years from old style swing to modern day fusion. Covers many legendary drummers and their contribution in history.
Vintage Drum Articles by "A Drummer's Tradition"
Articles on Drums, Book Reviews, Vintage Drums Reviews including the history of Gretsch drums, Vintage drum catalogs and drum books, Leedy drums, Ludwig Speed King foot pedal, Ludwig drums and drumsets, and vintage drum shops.

  Drums were used throughout numerous wars including the infamous civil war. The fife and drummers marched proudly as their side fought for victory.

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The History of Drums
Emerging Drumset Beats through History
Covers Sousa drum parts, New Orleans second line style drumming, Jazz Swing, Jazz Dance, Rock Beats, Shuffle Beats, Latin Beats, etc.
Drum 'n Bass and Breakbeats
A fantastic article covering the evolution of Drum 'n Bass. George Broyer takes us on a journey through DNB land from 1980's house music to modern jungle breakbeats.
Jazz Resource Library - A very well organized site consisting of styles, timelines, and jazz legends. Helpful in determining where drums fit in to the jazz scene and how significant their role was through history.

The History of Rock and Roll Drumming   Rock and Roll Drumming History - Pro Drummer / Author Daniel Glass wrote an exciting book on the history of Rock and Roll Drums and Drumming. This book covers drum history from 1948 to 2000 and follows the evolution of the drumset.

The History of Drums
Country Drumming

A short article covering the introduction of drums into traditional country music years ago.

The History of Four-Limb Independence
This brief history of four-limb independence on drumset, by Tom Mendola of Faunt school, is a supplement for the Faunt school and discusses how drumset independence evolved through the years.
Steel Drums - A short background of steel drums through history.

A Brief History of Drums and Drumming - Briefly covers the beginnings of drumming and drum corps, it's European connection, early rudiments, NARD (the National Association of Rudimental Drummers) and how drum rudiments evolved through history, Drum and Fife, Swiss drum notation, pipe band competitions, World War II drum scores, pipe band snare drumming books, and more.

Historic Percussion Instruments - Shows historical percussion instruments from the 1800's on. Interesting old cymbals, timpani, combination drums from 1845 and more.

New Orleans Second Line Drumming - The history of New Orleans second line drumming.

The Story Behind Ringo Starr's Drums - An interesting article on Ringo Starr, his drums, his relationship with Ludwig Drum Company and that black oyster pearl drumset he played with The Beatles. New!

History of Drumset - "The drum set as we know it today is an American invention, with it's roots in New Orleans about the turn of the last century." - See more on this from Kay Gee over at the Drum Chat drum forum. He talks about the origin of the drumset, it's Dixieland roots and posts photos of some of his own historical drums. New!

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