The section of the band that consists of a Batterie(no, that is not misspelled), or the field percussion, and a front ensemble, or pit, consisting of mallet and auxiliary percussion and often a bass guitar. The field percussion often consists of 3-4 snares in smaller bands and 7-10 in bigger bands, 4-5 bass drums, 2-3 multi-tenors (quads, quints, or sixpacks), and 2-3 marching cymbals. They are the hardest working, most featured section of the marching band and are often the flashiest as well. When the band enters the stadium, they often march at the back or in the middle, and play a 30 second-1 minute piece of music featuring the drumline, often called a "cadence" or "street beat". The best snare, also called "drum captain" or "center snare", starts the cadence with a signal yell or phrase and keeps the beat for the drumline during the show by yelling "daht" to the beat of the drum major during rests. Sometimes, they will challenge other drumlines to a "drum battle", which consists of playing prepared cadences until one line runs out of ideas and are declared the loser.
1. Our drumline kicked ass! I really liked their cadence, too.
by dvdwinter9 December 01, 2006
most talented, crazy, fun, and exciting people in the band. typically not your typical band geeks. these guys are normally drummers in rock/punk bands or even in some cases produce rap beats (i do both). most often not a loser and has friends. a lot of them are also athletes. these great people CAN read music. so fuck woodwind players. these people also hate their conductor because conductors blame all their problems on the drums. lastly the group that tends to have the most people kicked out of the band dude to excessive crazyness or smoking weed in the porto pottys.
u hear johnny got kicked out of band for walking out of class when the conductor yelled at him?

too bad he was a big part of the drumline.
by john gallione January 15, 2007
A badass group of musicians who like to play the drums. They are the hardest working group of most marching bands, and no matter how white they may appear, they are all black.
Look at that drumline! I think I just skeet...
by (SIC)Drummer November 07, 2004
A group of talented musicians, boys AND girls, who play percussion instruments on the field. Despite what the rest of the marching band might think, the drumline CAN read music and normally will throw down beats on demand. The drumline is the backbone and the heartbeat of a marching band and without it all the other cocky musicians wouldn't be able to keep time. The rest of the band is intimidated by the drumline because the drumline knows how to play ten times the amount of instruments they do, and spends more time practicing than they could even imagine.
Wow did you hear how well the drumline did?

Yeah! Why do the rest of us even bother?
by Tails Mghee March 18, 2008
Most drummers start off playing another instrument, and then switch to drums. So they do learn how to read music. Drummers can read music anyway, because they can read rythms...and that's reading music.
Face it, you're just a pussy faced baby because you don't have the skill to be a drummer. If drumming was easy, everyone would be a drummer, and face it, you're not a drummer.
by Mike November 12, 2003
The backbone of the marching band. They are often talented, but their talent is often wasted on their cockiness, arrogance, and loud behavior. A drumline mainly consists of attractive males, all of whom act bisexual at least ninety percent of the time. Contrary to popular belief, the drumline CAN read music. However, they usually act so unbelievably idiotic that no one could believe it. The drumline consists of four parts: The snares (arrogant douche bags), the cymbals (weird and unappreciated), the bass drums (constantly running into each other) and the tenors (cooler and calmer than the rest of the section and usually the best drummers). They are ungodly loyal to their instructors. Many seem unaware that they are still part of their marching band family and often form their own private clique.
The drumline was very talented, but they seemed unaware that their loud presence was interrupting the marching band's rehearsal.
by Noraneko May 14, 2010
The greatest, bestest, most awesome section in the marching band!!!

Most people in the band/colorguard (mostly the colorguard) think that the drumline is so HOTT (especially the snare drummers)!!!!
(as watching the other band march into the football game)

Colorguard #1: Oh, look at that HOTT drumline! Oh, the snare drummer!
Colorguard #2: Where? I don't see him!
Colorguard #1: That one. Closest to us!
Colorguard #2: Oh, I see him! He's FINE!!!

(Both colorguards stare at his butt as he marches)
by Do you think I'm that stupid? November 08, 2006
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