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  • The parade of influence peddling and corporate malfeasance led by drum-major Jack Abramoff and followed by the flag-waving, close-order drill team of Safavian, Lay, Skilling, DeLay, Brent Wilkes, Ney, Dusty Foggo and, of course, the Dukester.

    Ellis Weiner: Nostra Maxima Culpa (It's All Our Fault)

  • We note for 1769 the mention of Cholet as drum-major and his son as junior drum-major.

    Drummers Fifers and Music of the Kings Guard

  • In 1758 the drum-major was paid 600 livres 1 livre = 1 franc, a sergeant-major 540 and a captain 6000.

    Drummers Fifers and Music of the Kings Guard

  • An earlier Order of 6 June 1745 records the establishment of a drum-major for each headquarters.

    Drummers Fifers and Music of the Kings Guard

  • All these absurdities of the worthy woman, who is truly pious and charitable, might have passed unnoticed, if nature, amusing herself as she often does by turning out these ludicrous creations, had not endowed her with the height of a drum-major, and thus held up to view the comicalities of her provincial nature.

    Modeste Mignon

  • “The one who walks like a drum-major,” answered the lieutenant.

    Modeste Mignon

  • I slip off to the side aisle; but my friend the drum-major is instantly after me — almost I thought he was going to lay hands on me.

    Roundabout Papers

  • My friend the drum-major ecclesiastic was down upon me in a moment.

    Roundabout Papers

  • “Send me my drum-major to flog that woman!” roared out the infuriate King.

    Burlesques

  • At the head was big Warren Whitby, in the bearskin and gold-and-crimson coat of a drum-major.

    Babbit

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  • 1. a. The first or chief drummer in a regimental band (obs.). b. A non-commissioned officer who has command of the drummers of a regiment. c. An officer of a band or drum-corps, who leads it and directs its movements on the march.

    February 7, 2007