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History of Percussion Instruments

The first type of percussion instrument was simply anything hit together to produce sound. Drums evolved from this and are known to have existed from around 6000 BC. They were used by all major civilizations throughout the world.

Percussion instruments have strong ceremonial, sacred, or symbolic associations almost everywhere. Certain drums symbolize and protect tribal royalty in much of Africa. They were also used to transmit messages over long distances.

They also played a major role in medieval and Renaissance Europe. The snare drum and its relatives were used in the infantry to send coded instructions to the soldiers.¹

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50 Greatest Rock Drummers of All Time *
1. Neil Peart, Rush
2. John Bonham, Led Zeppelin
3. Carl Palmer, E.L.P
4. Keith Moon, The Who
5. Ginger Baker, Cream
6. Terry Bozzio, Zappa
7. Bill Bruford, Yes
8. Hal Blaine, Sessions
9. Ian Paice, Deep Purple
10. Mike Portnoy, Dream Theater
11. Dave Lombardo, Slayer
12. Danny Carey, Tool
13. Ringo Starr, The Beatles
14. Carmine Appice, Vanilla Fudge
15. Earl Palmer, Sessions
16. Benny Benjamin, Motown
17. Jeff Porcaro, Toto
18. Stewart Copeland, The Police
19. Tommy Aldridge, Whitesnake
20. Bernard Purdie, Sessions
21. Bill Ward, Black Sabbath
22. Steve Smith, Journey
23. Mitch Mitchell, Jimi Hendrix
24. David Garibaldi, Tower of Power
25. Mike Shrieve, Santana
26. Aynsley Dunbar, Jeff Beck
27. Cozy Powell, Black Sabbath
28. Nicko McBrain, Iron Maiden
29. Carter Beauford, Dave Matthews
30. Tim Alexander, Primus
31. Roger Taylor, Queen
32. Matt Cameron, Pearl Jam
33. Joseph Zigaboo Modeliste, The Meters
34. Phil Collins, Genesis
35. Al Jackson, Booker T and The MG's
36. Vinnie Paul, Pantera
37. Topper Headon, The Clash
38. Lars Ulrich, Metallica
39. Jimmy Chamberlin, Smashing Pumpkins
40. Bobby Jarzombeck, Iced Earth
41. Rod Morgenstein, Dixie Dreggs
42. Gene Hoglan, Death
43. Martin Lopez, Opeth
44. Simon Phillips, Judas Priest
45. Mike Giles, King Crimson
46. Max Weinberg, E Street Band
47. Alex Van Halen, Van Halen
48. Jon Theodore, Mars Volta
49. Brian Downey, Thin Lizzy
50. Gavin Harrison, Porcupine

* according to Rolling Stone Magazine


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