Disappearing professions: the drummer announces various announcements and orders from the authorities by beating the drum
Today, the profession of drummer is mostly a tourist attraction. Drummer appears at village fairs, celebrations and various customary manifestations or as part of folklore societies of a community.
Even in the last century, every village or town had its own drummer (who, according to the order of the authorities), publicly and thunderously beat the drum and spoke to the inhabitants about various orders and notifications. They were, in a way, spokesmen of local administrations, agitators and main informants. The press, radio, TV and Internet and all modern means of communication have pushed the drummers into oblivion. Today, drummers are guests on various occasions and in many places during some festivities and cultural and artistic manifestations or as members of local folklore societies. Today, they are a kind of attraction and part of the tradition of a nation. Drummers are known as great entertainers and pranksters and, above all, funny people. Today, they benevolently and simple-mindedly inform the people (at some events) of various useful news that cannot be heard on modern and electronic media or read in the press. If today, for example, a drummer announces (as part of a cultural event) the arrival of a circus in the village, he first says: “I will play, sing and play for 2 hours and a few minutes” – and then he explains the details of the program to the gathered crowd, just like in the old days. The drummers will say: “I emphasize that, for example, they will feed 2 monkeys with brooms while standing on a suspended wire until the monkeys fall – which will be very funny.” Or: “the girl who plays on the wire and holds an umbrella even if it doesn’t rain.” The drummers will then tell about the ticket prices – “if the person stands in front or in the back, there will be no crouching.” Every performance with a drum will then end with the words: “Whoever heard it is good, and whoever didn’t hear it should clean their ears.” Drummers used to be walked around the villages announcing in unison various small ads (about buying and selling or exchanging goods), or where the poultry slaughtering is held, or who should get married, which pub has new music and various other nice announcements. Handling the drum or hitting the drum with two sticks will remind you of some ancient and romantic times. Today’s drummers are mostly members of cultural and artistic societies and only part of a kind of mission to preserve the folklore heritage of many peoples.
In some places, you can find documentation about advertisements and statements of people who informed the people with the drum. Among the others, an order of the former head of the county has been preserved, sent to the village authorities to instruct the people to behave politely through the help of drummers. This proclamation (created somewhere in the Balkan peninsula) from the end of the 19th century (the content of which would still be relevant today) reads: “The people are reminded that it is forbidden to shout obscene words publicly from street to street, because the children will then learn all these obscene words and curses.” If someone wants to swear at someone else and say bad words, let that person go to the yard – if he is beaten, then the government will not interfere because it is said that it is a private matter of each individual.”