By Charles Stewart Ashworth. (Drum Major, the United States Marine Corps Band.) January, 16th, 1812.
When the United States Marine Corps band was newly founded, Charles Stewart Ashworth was the Drum Major. He contributed by establishing a way on how the craft of rudimental drummers learned the rudiments. After only 14 years, the band had acquired a reputation for its quality of musical performance. However, as a new drummer came in, he felt that they were not up to par. He wanted them to be more skilled by the time that they joined and also he needed a tool to teach his fellow members.
Where did the Snare Drum rudiments come from? Where did they originate? Are the drum rudiments really from Switzerland and Scotland? D. Mark Agostinelli explored the hidden secrets of the snare drum Rudiments. The rudiments did not originate from Switzerland or Scotland. They originated much earlier.
When I lived in Africa a few years back. My first wife was a Nigerian. She was from the Igbo tribe which is a pretty major tribe throughout the south eastern part of Nigeria. During which I experienced African Masquerades and African Drumming.