drum major


: the leader of a marching band

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Logue, 32, has spent his life performing: as a dancer, actor, cheerleader, drum major and, most recently, as his drag queen persona, Denimm. Samantha Chery, Washington Post, 28 Oct. 2022 Inside room 233, five rows of students played their instruments while four then-drum major candidates stood on the left pumping black batons in the air in tempo. Sabrina Leboeuf, Baltimore Sun, 16 Sep. 2022 Displayed on the drum major podiums were older uniforms from previous iterations of the band to show the band’s lineage and history. Alexandra Sullivan, Orlando Sentinel, 26 Sep. 2022 Jackson was also a member of Kentucky State’s band; a drum major. Brandon Drenon, The Indianapolis Star, 25 Sep. 2022 Making Morgan State history, he’s also named four drum majors this year, one of whom is Morgan State’s first-ever female drum major, Angel Mitchell. Sabrina Leboeuf, Baltimore Sun, 16 Sep. 2022 One incident, in which a Florida drum major was effectively beaten to death while running a gantlet down the center of a school band bus, is explored in depth. John Anderson, WSJ, 8 Sep. 2022 To some extent, the Roundtable was trying to jump ahead of a parade being led by major institutional investors, of whom the drum major was Lawrence Fink, chief of the investment firm BlackRock. Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times, 3 May 2022 And that Phil Mickelson was their drum major is even less of a surprise. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 15 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1807, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of drum major was in 1807

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“Drum major.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/drum%20major. Accessed 29 Nov. 2022.

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drum major


: the leader of a marching band
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