drum major


Definition of drum major

: the leader of a marching band

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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 Chapman said he has always been heavily involved in activities at the high school, and served as drum major this past year. Trisha Powell Crain, AL.com, "Alabama high school student punished over Tweets criticizing school walkout plan," 19 Mar. 2018 Upon the entrance, the Irish follow the traditional drum major and Notre Dame Leprechaun mascot. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "How is Indianapolis Motor Speedway not a top-100 sporting venue?," 18 Jan. 2018 And then the referees’ whistles started to sound off like a drum major’s. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State's Jaren Jackson Jr, Nick Ward survive time on the bench," 7 Feb. 2018 The committee looks at individuals, organizations and businesses who have done something that exemplifies the idea of being a drum major. Patricia Dillon, Houston Chronicle, "Annual MLK celebration marks 30 years in The Woodlands," 11 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of drum major

1807, in the meaning defined above

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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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