Vail Daily column: How the drummer came to be

6th August, 2015 by

By Melanie Wong

Lowering your cost per unit of output is the goal of the savvy businessman. Why pay four people to do a job when, with some equipment, one can do all the work? So this is the story of how one musician ended up doing the work of four and changed jazz forever.After the Civil War, freed slaves in New Orleans organized marching bands to play at funerals and other events. Inspired by the marching bands of the Civil War era, they used brass instruments, a bass drum, often with a cymbal attached, and a snare drum.New soundsBy the early 20th …

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