Animal drumming

The Importance of the DrumDrums are so diverse that their use goes beyond humans as the drums are also used in the animal kingdom. For example, Macaque monkeys drum certain objects in a sort of rhythmic way to demonstrate and exert social dominance. This is processed in a way that is similar to humans’ vocalization which helps us make some amazing inferences about drumming as an evolutionary origin to social communication. Other monkeys and primates also use drumming through banging or clapping. Rodents and small animals make similar sounds using paws on the ground.


Drums are not simply used for music or rhythm, but also as a means of communication. Talking drums in Africa allow communication between long distance places and imitate the tone and pattern of spoken and verbal language. Drums as a means of communication date back as far as 2500 years ago.


Drumming and the sound of drums resonate on a more spiritual and personal level as well. Drumming allows for an expression of emotion, thought and spirituality. Many cultures use drumming in a spiritual and religious way and treat drumming as a form of prayer and communication. Drumming is also a form of entertainment in arts as well. It can be used to entertain or to deliver powerful messages and delivers a powerful and rhythmic experience.

Military uses

Drumming is also commonly associated with the military. Chinese troops used a special Chinese drum to motivate and set a pace for troops as well as to call out orders or announcements. Snare drums are often associated with marching and orders as well. Rope tension drums were used in the English Civil war to relay commands from senior officers and drums offered a way to communicate these orders over the sound of battle. These drums were played with sticks. It was developed into such a means of communication that different regiments were able to create unique drum beats that only they recognized.