All Through the Ages


There was a time in the Scottish regiments, when it was the drummers who held a position of importance in the regiment – as the drummers were used to give the battle calls. The pipers were not viewed as necessary at all – in fact, in order to get paid, the pipers had to be listed in the regiment as drummers. This humiliating state of affairs finally changed in 1854 when it was decided to combine the two instruments to form a pipe band. Finally, the claim could be made to “pay the piper”.

Here is a story in music to exemplify the drum call that has been with us from the very beginning, and to show that the snare drum sound is a constant … all through the ages.

Click here for a short audio sample.


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A track from John’s All Through the Ages CD.