In a bagpipe band, the leader who marches at the front of the band
carrying a baton is called the "Drum Major" or "DM." The baton is
called a "mace."
The marching leader of a pipe band. The drum major marches in front of
the band and carries the mace."
Definitions of Scottish Terms: DRUM MAJOR
"Drum major. The individual with the mace at the front of a marching
band. Yells commands, leads the band. Band follows his command though
he will often take his lead from the pipe major. Abbreviated DM."
Bagpipe Journey: Dictionary
Here is a good explanation of the titles of various positions in a bagpipe band:
"Pipe Major (P.M., PM, P/M)
Leader of the band musically. Leader of the pipers in general. Often
band leader in full.
Person with the mace at the front of a marching band. Yells commands,
leads the band. Band follows his command though he will often take his
lead from the PM.
PM's right-hand man. Normally assists in tuning, teaching, etc. Fills
in when PM is absent.
Leader of the drum corps musically. Most often leader of the drummers
in general. Often writes all beatings and teaches. Works closely with
Lance Corporal/Pipe Corporal
First level of supervision over 'regular' pipers and drummers.
Subordinate to any member bearing a title with the word Sergeant or
Major in it. Looks after any small jobs that the Pipe Sergeant or Drum
Sergeant have issued (or indirectly issued by the Pipe or Drum
Responsible for the safety and accounting of the band's equipment.
Arranges orders of new supplies as necessary. Can make available to
the members a list of the minimum items and potential sources for
those items needed to be in uniform. Attends all band officer
meetings. Reports to the other officers."
Bagpipe Journey: The Piping Band Experience
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