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24                 MILITARY MUSIC AND ITS STORY.
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It was probably the neglect and carelessness of drummers that compelled the authorities to institute the office of drum major. Stainer and Barrett in their " Dictionary of Musical Terms," are of opinion that the office is not older than the reign of Charles II. This would appear true, since Turner in his " Pallas Armata" (1683) seems to have been unaware of the rank in our service. Yet we find him mentioned by quite half a dozen early seventeenth century writers,9
•Cruso (1632), Barry (1634), Hexham (1637), Ward (1639), Praissac (1639), and Venn (1672), all mention the drum major.
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