- the marching leader of a drum corps or a band.
Origin of drum major
First recorded in 1590–1600
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There's somebody's come in, into the kitchen; may be it's the drum-major.
And how will I git all in again, before the drum-major's in it?
I beg your pardon for not knowing—would it be the drum-major, sir?
Loubet, before parting with his, gave it a twirl as a drum-major does his cane.The Downfall
There, all the drum-major does with his stick is just to point it the way the band is to go.Back Home
- the noncommissioned officer, usually of warrant officer's rank, who is appointed to command the corps of drums of a military band and who is in command of both the drums and the band when paraded together
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