drum·mer | \ˈdrə-mər \

Definition of drummer 

1 : one that plays a drum sometimes used figuratively in phrases denoting unconventional thought or action march to a different drummer

Examples of drummer in a Sentence

The band got a new drummer.

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Cohan often plays excerpts of these and other original compositions, scaled down to the instrumentation at hand, which this time will be a sterling quartet featuring saxophonist John Wojciechowski, bassist James Cammack and drummer George Fludas. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "From Bernstein to Broadway to Latin jazz," 12 July 2018 This playful exchange between dancers, singers and drummers is the rhythmic backbone of Afro-Boricuas here. New York Times, "Bomba: The Enduring Anthem of Puerto Rico," 7 July 2018 Davis will be joined by trombonist Tom Garling, pianist Rob Clearfield, bassist Chris Tordini and drummer Jay Sawyer. Howard Reich, chicagotribune.com, "From Bernstein to Broadway to Latin jazz," 12 July 2018 Documentary about the life, music and philosophies of drummer/percussionist Milford Graves. Houston Chronicle, "Outside the Cineplex: Bill Frisell and ‘Body Snatchers’," 13 June 2018 For this evening’s performance Willitz is joined by guitarist Rami Atassi, drummer Raul Cotaquispe, and Ward, who rather than playing alto sax will sing through a loop station to produce wordless textures. Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader, "Caleb Willitz perpetually refines his pensive folk-rock sound by working with some of Chicago’s strongest improvisers," 12 July 2018 This year’s contest received 25 submissions from drummers across the United States. Graham Ambrose, BostonGlobe.com, "The beat goes on for five vying for a Blue Man Group cameo," 4 July 2018 After Saturday’s musical performance, the Native Veterans Group of Illinois will present three Eagle Staffs, while a drummer performs a ceremonial flag song native to that veteran’s tribe. Yadira Sanchez Olson, Lake County News-Sun, "Gurnee Medal of Honor recipient to join festival honoring veterans at Chicagoland Speedway," 29 June 2018 At the head of each boat, a drummer strikes a heavy drum not only to maintain a steady rhythm, but to electrify the paddlers on board. Lauren Lumpkin, baltimoresun.com, "Baltimore dragon boat competition unites racers from all walks of life," 24 June 2018

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First Known Use of drummer

1574, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of drummer

: a person who plays a drum or a set of drums

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