Quiet down!

It appears that drummers have been irritating people with their practicing since the days of the Revolution…

May 9th, 1778. General Orders

“…the Drummers to practice which will from the future be from five to six in the morning and from four to five in the afternoon, any Drummer that shall be found practicing at any other than the time mentioned above shall be severely punished…The use of Drums are as signals to the Army and if every Drummer is allowed to beat at his pleasure, the Intention is entirely destroy’d, as it will be impossible to distinguished whether they are beating for their own pleasure or for a signal to the Troops.”

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