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The snare was used in the military from the time of the Crusades to the end of the Civil War. It was the main means of communication for troops and also contributed a lot of positive morale for soldiers. Because a lot of the soldiers, especially during the Civil War, were young boys who were susceptible to a lot of mistakes, a more experienced soldier was put in charge of all the musicians and was called a drum major (dromme majore). He would stand on a hill to see the whole battlefield and use hand signals to direct the drummers where to lead troops. This inadvertently led to the beginning of special operations forces because war officials wanted to take out the leaders.
Contributed by Mariessa MJ Robles