While they no longer sound charges or help keep troops in formation, U.S. Army drummers play a key role in today’s military.
Those such as Staff Sgt. Chad J. Alward bolster morale and maintain tradition.
Alward, a percussionist for the Fort Knox-based 100th Army Reserve Band, recently received the inaugural 2010 Col. Finley Hamilton Outstanding Military Musician Award. He was the only Army reservist to win the honor, which is given to America’s top 10 musicians in the armed services.