How did it evolve from male drum bands to female baton-twirling sensations?
Where did the practice emanate from? We begin into looking at a bit of history about ancient war armies; war mongers and army captains in ancient times used drums and bugles to coordinate the movements of armies on the battlefield.
The practice could be traced back to the times of King Solomon and other biblical kings who used music to motivate and encourage soldiers to battle the enemies. Soldiers would match to battle fields chanting songs and after victory they would leave the battle fields singing. The practice was seen as a way of motivating and encouraging soldiers to war.
In the modern times however, there seems to be a lot of changes and the most significant one is the reduction of wars as diplomacy is usually embraced by conflicting nations. As a matter of fact, the last significant war can be seen as WW2 which ended in 1945. Save from a few civil uprisings in various countries, peace prevails. This does not mean that we neither have armies any longer or that their practice of chanting faded away.
Today times have changed and what was then chanting to wars by armies and military as they were led to battle fields has swiftly degenerated to Drum and Piping Military Bands, which were organized and coordinated by men in the initial stages of their formation and inception. These bands mimic the ancient chanting but are better coordinated. These military bands have since evolved to ceremonial marches by military parades to grace certain nation’s functions or during the graduation of army trainees.
Of course you know that ceremonies are better graced and made lively by the presence of beautiful ladies. They make the whole event amazing and encourage many people to attend them. This need is what led to the birth of female drum majors, simply put, Majorettes.
To get a better understanding about their birth you might need to learn a bit of history. It all started with the famous Marine Corps Band, which consequently led to the birth of male Drum Major in 1861. Thanks to the legislation accented by the then U.S. president, President Abraham Lincoln, allowing the formation of official drum majors among the military.
Drum Major is the most significant foundation of the female majorettes tenure which saw baton twirling and the most modern precision and dance groups come to birth. Ladies got involved in the somewhat ‘men affairs’ so that they could add glamour and beauty in the ceremonial marches and parades.
Today, we love appreciate and we are committed to support these beautiful young girls and ladies who have taken major steps to entertain and make ceremonies and events memorable and lively by there unique twirling and strutting. We are proud of there courage and confidence and more importantly for their continued efforts to make drum majoring unique.