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I am presently “only” a drummer, although I am gradually getting into tuned percussion too. I play in a British brass band, which I enjoy very much, overall. However, I do not like the prevailing silly attitudes towards drumming and drummers. Some brass players are so keen to play in bands with the drummer they deserve, i.e. no drummer whatsoever, that, despite a near-dearth of them locally, they spout about, for example, themselves being musicians while drummers are, well, mere drummers. The ones that are more sensible and keep quiet apparently do, however, regard drums as somehow an easy thing to master.

I have two points here: firstly, I do not agree that playing drums brings fewer or lesser challenges than other instruments in a brass band. Secondly, I believe that someone who has mastered drums as well as mallet-keyboard instruments (glock, vibes, xylo, etc.) is a multi-instrumentalist.

I am not going to expand on this too much at this stage, as I’d like other members to comment first, if that is OK. What I will say, though, no names, no packdrill, is that I have witnessed a good many percussionists that, unlike Poh Soon Teng (Mr Percussive on here) are not impressive, or even good drummers. I am sure that they read the charts better than I do, but can they swing, put down a groove and, overall, come over as at one with the instrument...? How good they are at the tuned side, I am not sure, as I am not yet up to anything like speed.

Has anyone any thoughts on this, please?

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4471 Are drummers musicians? Singlestroker 1519 Oct 21, 2012 2:27 PM
3936 Re:Are drummers musicians? technique2012 903 Oct 21, 2012 3:03 PM
3927 Re:Are drummers musicians? pwc 406 Oct 21, 2012 8:36 PM
3015 Re:Are drummers musicians? Dave 323 Dec 3, 2012 10:07 PM
3442 Re:Are drummers musicians? TheLemonAid 461 Dec 4, 2012 9:07 AM
3921 Re:Are drummers musicians? HuskerFan 2818 Oct 21, 2012 3:08 PM
3919 Re:Are drummers musicians? Singlestroker 241 Oct 22, 2012 9:00 AM
3882 Re:Are drummers musicians? Dave 122 Oct 22, 2012 4:07 PM
3893 Re:Are drummers musicians? OldFart 724 Oct 22, 2012 4:31 PM
3930 Re:Are drummers musicians? OldFart 465 Oct 22, 2012 4:42 PM
3855 Re:Are drummers musicians? brad_leishman 126 Oct 23, 2012 2:54 PM
3889 Re:Are drummers musicians? StillKicken 1499 Oct 23, 2012 6:14 PM
3861 Re:Are drummers musicians? Singlestroker 3380 Oct 25, 2012 3:04 PM
4115 Re:Are drummers musicians? StillKicken 902 Oct 27, 2012 8:50 AM
3596 Re:Are drummers musicians? StillKickinIt 415 Nov 20, 2012 7:33 AM
3029 Re:Are drummers musicians? knightcrawler 210 Dec 3, 2012 8:31 AM
3065 Re:Are drummers musicians? technique2012 95 Dec 3, 2012 1:42 PM

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