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A Brief History of the Marching Drum

Introduction | Rope Tension | Rod Tension | Short Lug | Full Lug | Early Kevlar | Later Kevlar

Early Kevlar

In the early 1980's the space age KEVLAR snare drum head was introduced to Scottish Pipe Bands by a manufacturer in USA. It was soon found that it was possible to put much greater amounts of tension on a drum head. Something had to give and many drums, particularly Premier, were soon breaking tension rods and shells. The Legato Drum Company, of Melbourne Australia, can be credited with the introduction of the "banjo" system of snare drum construction whereby the head is tensioned on an independent top or bottom ring. The two rings are then fitted to a wooden or plastic shell. This was introduced with the Legato "K Series" of pipe band drums.

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