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Drum Major Rank Slides

#1
OK, thought this would be the best place to ask.

I don't know much about bandsmen ranks apart from the existence of Drum Major and Pipe Major- that's it for me. Sod's law, i get the task of ordering a rank slide for a future drum major. As i've never seen the rank insignia before, i don't really know what i'm designing to be made.

I know that it's four stripes pointing upwards (a la american style) but i've seen a crown above them claiming to be drum major, a drum above and a crown and a drum. Instinct tells me that Crown and drum is senior to just drum or just crown. But that is irrelevant. What i need to know is what i put on top for a Drum Major being promoted from Sergeant- drum or crown? And if it matters it's for a Cheshire Regiment badged cadet unit.

And caould somebody please explain the difference between the crown and drum and show me other bandsmens ranks, possibly with a picture(s)??
 
#2
Try contacting Redfern barracks just outside Edingbrough they are the Army school of pipes and drums, or the Army School of Music, or your own Regt / Corps band they should be able to help will all your questions. All numbers are available through the MoD operator.

Hope this helps,
Worm.
 
#4
Not the whole answer, but something to take you further.

Drum Major appointment (note - it's not a rank) carries four inverted chevrons topped by a drum. On wrist bands for shirt sleeves the drum was upon the chevrons. The rank ought really to be Sjt & above, but sometimes you'll get a corporal appointed. When the D/Major is a WO he will wear the crown above the Drum.

The badge is one of the few remaining (also IIRC Cpl of Horse) from late Victorians, when RSM also had 4 chevrons. Drum Major temporarily disappeared and became Serjeant Drummer, the 1902? manual (every home should have one) was about this time.

Where you'll get a slide I know not - I'll ask on Sunday .....
 
#6
The four with just a crown above them is a Corporal Major (WO1) from the Household Cavalry.

The one you want is the 4 with a drum, or if they are a WO then with the crown and drum.

However, as a cadet, so as to not get pulled up for it, obtain an ACF brass shoulder title and affix it beneath the stripes, doesn't look bad and covers you on the ACF front.

Rab
 

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