drum major


Definition of drum major

: the leader of a marching band

Examples of drum major in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Then Danesh-Pajou and Max Bohn, the drum major, met last week with Pilling; an associate athletic director, Bob Steitz; and the executive director for student engagement, Josh Lucas. New York Times, "Columbia Silences Its Marching Band," 1 Oct. 2019 In addition to its 260 musicians, performances by the HMB include drum major Michael Janssen, Golden Girl Kylene Spanbauer, and members of the award-winning Iowa Dance Team. Javier Elias, Houston Chronicle, "Fort Bend County students earn honors nationwide," 9 Sep. 2019 From the costumes to the drum majors to her manicure, every single detail of the show was a reminder that Bey does everything with intention. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "Get In Formation — The Internet Is Streaming Beyoncé’s Homecoming As A Family," 18 Mar. 2020 The award gets its name, Tyson said, because Dr. Martin Luther King was a drum major for justice. Jamie Swinnerton, Houston Chronicle, "MLK Day Event returns to Woodlands for 32nd year," 15 Jan. 2020 By her senior year, Hansel had a 4.0 grade-point average and near-perfect test scores and was in student government and drum major for the Mayo Marching Band. Sam Whiting, SFChronicle.com, "The Artist’s Life: San Francisco dancer Emily Hansel works the front desk to get by," 20 June 2018 Their son Robert, a Florida A&M drum major, was killed in a hazing ritual in 2011 in Orlando. Hal Boedeker, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Andrea Constand, Steve Bannon, Bill Maher: This weekend," 1 June 2018 When Beyoncé strolled onto Coachella’s desert stage like a drum major on the night of April 16, no one was prepared for the spectacle that was to come. Danielle Jackson, Longreads, "Why Beyoncé Placed HBCU’s at the Center of American Life," 7 May 2018 The hundreds of thousands who flocked to Washington for the March for Our Lives emerged from the granite shadow of justice’s drum major on the National Mall to become the spiritual heir to the Poor People’s March that was denied Dr. King. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "Will today's kids finally carry MLK's dream over the mountaintop? | Will Bunch," 29 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of drum major

1807, in the meaning defined above

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“Drum major.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drum%20major. Accessed 9 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of drum major

: the leader of a marching band

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Kids Definition of drum major

: the marching leader of a band or drum corps

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