Whatis a Corp of Drums? Although for hundreds of years there have always been Fife players and Drummers attached ro various Armies arounf the world, it was not until teh Cardwell Reforms of 1872 that the Corps of Drums as they are known today came into being. Battalions were still organised into eight Companies with two drummers to each Company. With the Drum Major to supervise the training and the well being of the drummers. It was better to concentrate them into one group or "Corps". This meant that when a battle was to be fought the "Corps of Drums" would lead the Soldiers into Battle.
What insturments do a Corps of Drums use ? A traditional Military Corps of Drums would use Side Drums, Bass Drum, Bd Flutes, Cymbals and Bugles. However, most Youth Corps of Drums tend to use the same line up apart from replacing the Bb Flutes with the Bell-Lyre. This is because a Bell-Lyre can produce the melodic notes required to play the required tunes and it is an easier instrument to learn to play
Side Snare Drum The majority of Drums that are used are the Side Drum, that normally have both bottom and top Snares fitted. A Snare is a series of metal strands that are tensioned to give the Drum a tight crisp sound. The Exception to this is when you have a Scottish Pipe Band and they normally use a side Drum that has many extra tension rods which means that the drum head or skin can be tightened down much more. Thsi gives the drum a sort of popping sound.
The Bell-Lyre A Bell-Lyre is an unstrument very similar to a Glockenspiel. It is carried and supported by the player wearing a carriage or harness. The player then supports the instrument by holding the back of it whilst playing the tunes using a Beater with the other hand