On the right is the 7x14 Slingerland Krupa Model
Radio King Snare Drum in White Marine Pearl finish.
Gene Krupa (January 15, 1909 – October 16, 1973)
was a famous and influential American jazz and
big band drummer, known for his highly energetic
and flamboyant style.
The Gene Krupa model "Radio King" snare drum,
manufactured by the Slingerland Drum Company,
was their top-line professional model snare. It began production in the 1940s and was available for several decades in a multitude of sizes and designs, always capitalizing on the popular name of Gene Krupa. The early design of the drum featured a solid maple shell with reinforcement rings, full flanged die-formed metal hoops, the Radio King snare strainer with a 20-strand set of snares, an internal tone control, and self-aligning rods and lugs.
On the right is a snare drum dating
from, around 1780.
Originally, snare drums were military
instruments originating from Europe in the
15th and 16th centuries. They were
commonly called a tabor and were used with
the fife in the Swiss military. Today, the
snare drum can be found in nearly every form
of western music. Snare drums are used by
fife and drum corps, marching bands and drum
and bugle corps to provide a steady source
of rhythm. The sound of a marching snare is
a classic military sound.
The snare drum was incorporated into
classical music to provide color, or timbre,
for march-like segments of music. It is used
in popular music styles like rock and roll and
jazz to provide an accented backbeat. In jazz
styles, the snare drum is often used for
"comping", or accompanying, supporting, and
interacting with another musician's part.
The snare drum (specifically, a caixa) is the driving
force in samba music: ghost notes are played continuously with accented strokes outlining the rhythm. The snare is also used extensively in extreme metal, to provide a "blast beat": a rapid alternation of snare and bass drum beats.
This drum was carried by John Unger, Company B, 40th Regiment New York Veteran Volunteer Infantry Mozart Regiment, December 20, 1863