American and British Rudimental Drum Books

Many people read my website or see my social media posts about rudimental drumming and ask “how do you know that?” or “what are your sources?” In response, the *asterisked books are ones I have examined and the rest are manuals or methods known to exist that I have not been able to locate (yet). British books will be indicated with a +, the rest are American. This does not include general infantry tactics manuals with minor drum content. It does contain a few books intended for the drum kit or for orchestral/concert snare with a large proportion of rudimental content. Of course, this list is not exhaustive and does NOT include every rudimental book ever published nor any hybrid-era publications.

*+1642 – Warlike Directions or the Soldier’s Practice – Thomas Fischer

+1760 – The Drummers Instructor – R. Spencer

*1778 – Drummers Book of Music

+1780 – The Young Drummers Assistant – Longman and Broderip

*1797 – Benjamin Clark Drum Book – Benjamin Clark

*1797 – Isaac Day First Book – Isaac Day

*1810 – Instructor in Martial Musick – David Hazeltine

1811 – The Drummer’s Assistant – Herman Mann

*1812 – The Drum and Fife Instructor – Charles Robbins

1815 – The Martial Musician’s Companion – Rufus Porter

1815 – The Young Drummer’s Assistant – Nathan Weston

*1812 – A New Useful and Complete System of Drum Beating – Charles Stewart Ashworth

*+1817 – The Art of Beating the Drum – Samuel L. Potter

*1817 – The Drummer’s Instructor or Martial Musician – J.L. Rumrille and H. Holton

*1818 – Massachusetts Collection: Martial Musick – Alvan Robinson

*1819 – The Drummers Assistant or the Art of Drumming Made Easy – Levi Lovering

*+1850 – The Drum-Major – G. Tamplini

*1853 – The Manual of Instruction for Drummers – George Klinehanse

*1861 – The Army Drum and Fife Book – Keach, Burditt, and Cassidy

*1861 – Howe’s United States Regulation Drum and Fife Instructor – Elias Howe

*1862 – The Drummers’ and Fifers’ Guide – George Barrett Bruce and Dan D. Emmett

*1862 – Union Drum & Fife Book – Henry Simpson and Ira Canterbury

*1862 – H.C. Hart’s New and Improved Instructor for the Drum – Colonel H.C. Hart

*1864 – Army Regulations for Drum, Fife, and Bugle – William Nevins

*1865? – Side Drum – US Army Massachusetts 25th Regiment

*+1865 – Schotts’s Handbook for Fife and Drum Bands

*1869 – Drum and Fife Instructor – Gardiner Strube

*1872 – Ryan’s True Drum Instructor – Sydney Ryan

*1886 – The Trumpet and the Drum – John Philip Sousa

*1887 – Bugle, Fife, and Drum Signals and Calls

*+1887 – Drum and Flute Duty for the Infantry Branch of the Army

*1897 – Instructions for the Trumpet and Drum – Walter Smith and F.H. Greissinger

*1898 – Imperial Method for the Drum – Harry A. Bower

*+1904 – The Drums – Timpani, Side and Bass

1905 – The Eclipse Instructor for Snare Drum – Paul de Ville

+1909 – Tutor for Side Drum – Otto Langey

*1916 – Complete Instructive Manual for Bugle, Trumpet, and Drum – V.F. Safranek

1914 – National Self Teacher for Drum

*1917 – Edward B. Straight’s improved pocket edition of The American drummer – Edward B. Straight

*1918 – The Military Drummer – Carl E. Gardner

1920 – The Yankee Doodle Method – Robert E. McGeary

*1922 – United States Army Training Manual No. 6

*1923 – Noble and Cooley EZ Method How to Play the Drums

*1928 – Training Manual No. 2000-5

*1925 – The Moeller Book: The Art of Snare Drumming – Sanford A. Moeller

1929 – The Wright Drum Tutor – Eddie Lincoln

*1930 – Ludwig Drum and Bugle Manual

*1930 – Ludwig Drum and Bugle Elementary Instructor

*1930 – Ludwig Drum Corps Guide

1930 –  Leedy Beginner Drum Method 

*1931 – Slingerland Drum Corps Handbook – Sam C. Rowland

*1931 – Military Drum Beats for School and Drum Corps – George Lawrence Stone

*1932 – The Rominger Drum Method – O.F. Rominger

*+1933 – Premier Drum Corps Guide

1934 – Rollinson’s Modern School for the Drum – T.H. Rollinson

1935 – Rubank Elementary Method – Paul Yoder

*1935 – Stick Control – George Lawrence Stone

*1933 – Edward B. Straight’s Drum Corps Method – Edward B. Straight

*+1937 – Premier Modern Tutor For Drums, Cymbals & Accessories – Eric Little

1937 – The Art of Drumming – J. Burns Moore

*1937 – NARD Drum Solos

*1938 – Drum Method – Gene Krupa

*1938 – Haskell W. Harr Drum Method – Haskell W. Harr

*1940 – Podemski’s Standard Drum Method – Benjamin Podemski

*1940 – Technical Manual – Field Music: TM 20-250

1940 – Universal’s Fundamental Method – Henry Melnik

1940 – The Legionnaire Drummer – Eugene V. Clark

1941 – Buggert Method for Snare Drum – Robert W. Buggert

*1941 – The School Drummers’ Manual – John P. Noonan, Joe Berryman, and Clark Hammitt

*1941 – Modern Rudimental Swing Solos – Charles Wilcoxon

*1942 – Complete Drum Instructor – William F. Ludwig

*1942 – Modern Interpretation of Snare Drum Rudiments – Buddy Rich and Henry Adler

*1943 – Drill and Evolutions of the Band – Russel B. Reynolds

*1944 – Drum Method – Charles Wilcoxon

*1945 – The All American Drummer 150 Rudimental Solos – Charles Wilcoxon

*1946 – The Science of Drumming – Gene Krupa

1947 – Reviewing the Rudiments – Harvey S. Whistler

1948 – The Drummer’s Rudimental Guide – Sam Ulano

*1949 – Modern Contest Solos – John S. Pratt

1950 – All American Drummer – Phil Grant

1952 – March and Drum – Myron D. Collins

1955 – The Sturtze Drum Instructor – Earl Sturtze

*1955 – Belwin Fife and Drum Corps Builder – Acton Ostling

1956 – The Drummer’s Heritage

1957 – Evolution of Drumming – Vincent L. Mott

1959 – Ancient Rudimental Snare And Bass Drum Solos – John S. Pratt

*1960 – Teaching Techniques for the Percussions – Robert Buggert

1960 – The 26 Traditional American Drumming Rudiments – John S. Pratt

1962 – Elementary Drum Method – Roy Burns

1967 – Intermediate Drum Method – Roy Burns and Sandy Feldstein

*1967 – Snare Drum Method – Vic Firth

*1967 – Rudimental Jazz – Joe Morello

*1968 – Snare Drum Method Book II – Vic Firth

1976 – Musick of the Fifes and Drums – John C. Moon