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Drummer Leading the Band?

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  • Drummer Leading the Band?

    Just out of curiosity, has there ever been a band where the lead stroke or other drummer has been in charge of a band the way a pipe major would? I mean things like the musical choices for the band, directing practice/parades/gigs or being in the position where they're the main figure of authority.
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    I don't know about some of those duties you mention, but in an effort to get pipers to listen to the side drummers' scores, we will sometimes have the lead the pipers through a tune, QMS or other. Of course, that works best when the drum scores are written specifically for the tunes, as we have, rather than "massed band" settings.