The Infant Drummers

While assembling a series of drummer boy photos for my eBook I came upon this image from E & H. T. Anthony of Master Allie Turner, the “Infant Drummer.” Here he is at the age of four years-old, dressed in his uniform, and posing with his patriotically decorated drum. Turner performed drum solos at Barnum’s Museum in 1865. Fanny Turner, the female drummer (relation unknown), performed with Allie prior to the plays that were performed in the afternoon and evening. Turner paved the way for other child drummers such as Buddy Rich. Before he turned two, Rich was part of his parents’ act on vaudeville. He was on Broadway as Baby Traps the Drum Wonder at age four.

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