Drums, as part of the percussion section, provide the backbone of both bands and orchestras. Drums are an essential part of almost every kind of music, including military, jazz and rock.
Why Play Drums
The skills used in playing drums, including rhythm, eye-hand coordination and limb independence, are musical fundamentals, and provide an excellent foundation for a music education, according to the Stage Academy of Music.
Band students who play drums may be responsible for other percussion instruments, not just drums, says BeginBand.com. Percussion instruments are those that are struck, and include cymbals, woodblocks, xylophones, gongs, chimes and many other instruments.
Drums of the Percussion Section
Besides the snare drum, the drums of a band's percussion section may include timpani (also called kettledrums), the bass drum, side drum and tenor drum.
A drum set or kit is a group of drums arranged so that they can all be played by one drummer. It includes a bass drum, side and tenor drums and a variety of cymbals. Drum sets are often featured in jazz or rock groups.
A beginning drummer starts out with a practice pad and a pair of drum sticks. A practice pad is a small and lightweight substitute for a snare drum, and gives the player the same feel and bounce of a real drum, without the loudness.