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Drummer Collection

In the heart of London, in 1967, the legendary Buddy Rich took center stage with his drumsticks poised and ready

Background imageDrummer Collection: Buddy Rich, London, 1967. Creator: Brian Foskett

Buddy Rich, London, 1967. Creator: Brian Foskett
Buddy Rich, London, 1967

Background imageDrummer Collection: The Nation Makers. Depicts the Battle of Brandywine of 1777 during the Revolutionary War

The Nation Makers. Depicts the Battle of Brandywine of 1777 during the Revolutionary War
PYLE: NATION MAKERS, 1906. The Nation Makers. Depicts the Battle of Brandywine of 1777 during the Revolutionary War. Oil on canvas by Howard Pyle, 1906

Background imageDrummer Collection: Elvin Jones, c1968. Creator: Brian Foskett

Elvin Jones, c1968. Creator: Brian Foskett
Elvin Jones, c1968

Background imageDrummer Collection: Joe Morello, London, 1968. Creator: Brian Foskett

Joe Morello, London, 1968. Creator: Brian Foskett
Joe Morello, London, 1968

Background imageDrummer Collection: The Nightwatch, 1642 (oil on canvas)

The Nightwatch, 1642 (oil on canvas)
XOS1109206 The Nightwatch, 1642 (oil on canvas) by Rembrandt Harmensz. van Rijn (1606-69); 379.5x453.5 cm; Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam

Background imageDrummer Collection: Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders

Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders
Bandsman, Piper and Drummer of the Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders. Date: circa 1908

Background imageDrummer Collection: Buddy Rich, Premier Drums Clinic, London, 1967. Creator: Brian Foskett

Buddy Rich, Premier Drums Clinic, London, 1967. Creator: Brian Foskett
Buddy Rich, Premier Drums Clinic, London, 1967

Background imageDrummer Collection: Billy Higgins and David Williams, Ronnie Scotts, Soho, London, Sep 1993. Artist: Brian O Connor

Billy Higgins and David Williams, Ronnie Scotts, Soho, London, Sep 1993. Artist: Brian O Connor
Billy Higgins and David Williams, Ronnie Scott s, Soho, London, Sep 1993

Background imageDrummer Collection: British Military Recruitment Poster, WWI

British Military Recruitment Poster, WWI
His Majestys Coldstream Guards, God Save the King. Chromolithograph recruitment poster after Ernest Ibbetson, 1914. Showing central group in various uniforms

Background imageDrummer Collection: British Military Poster - Inter-war period

British Military Poster - Inter-war period
Grenadier Guards, smart men wanted. Colour chromolithograph poster after A W Baylis, 1927. Published by HMs Stationery Office

Background imageDrummer Collection: Grenadier Guards at St Michaels Mount

Grenadier Guards at St Michaels Mount
The 2nd Battalion of the Grenadier Guards visit St Michaels Mount, West Cornwall

Background imageDrummer Collection: Sri Lanka - Geta Beraya and Udekkiya players

Sri Lanka - Geta Beraya and Udekkiya players
Traditional Sri Lankna drums and drummers. The standing player is holding a hill country drum called the Geta Beraya (a drum with a knot)

Background imageDrummer Collection: Battle of Bunker Hill: oil on canvas, 1898, by Howard Pyle

Battle of Bunker Hill: oil on canvas, 1898, by Howard Pyle
PYLE: BATTLE OF BUNKER HILL. Battle of Bunker Hill: oil on canvas, 1898, by Howard Pyle

Background imageDrummer Collection: THE BEATLES, 1965. Left to right: George Harrison, John lennon, Ringo Starr, and Paul McCartney

THE BEATLES, 1965. Left to right: George Harrison, John lennon, Ringo Starr, and Paul McCartney. Photograph, 1965

Background imageDrummer Collection: Scottish regiments of the British Army, 1895 (colour litho)

Scottish regiments of the British Army, 1895 (colour litho)
5235836 Scottish regiments of the British Army, 1895 (colour litho) by Simkin, Richard (1840-1926) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Scottish regiments of the British Army, 1895)

Background imageDrummer Collection: Elvin Jones and his Jazz Machine, Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, USA, 1997. Creator: Brian Foskett

Elvin Jones and his Jazz Machine, Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, USA, 1997. Creator: Brian Foskett
Elvin Jones and his Jazz Machine, Jazz Bakery, Los Angeles, USA, 1997

Background imageDrummer Collection: The Count Basie Orchestra in concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London, 18 July 1980

The Count Basie Orchestra in concert at the Royal Festival Hall, London, 18 July 1980: Count Basie (piano), Cleveland Eaton (bass), Freddie Green (guitar), Gregg Field (drums)

Background imageDrummer Collection: Drummer Gene Krupa

Drummer Gene Krupa
United States: c. 1947 Jazz drummer and compser Gene Krupa playing the drums

Background imageDrummer Collection: Enraged Musician / Hogarth

Enraged Musician / Hogarth
THE ENRAGED MUSICIAN A ballad singer, a screeching parrot, a piper, a drummer, a barking dog, a knife grinder, fighting cats and other noises disturb his violin practice

Background imageDrummer Collection: Jack DeJohnette, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1989. Creator: Brian Foskett

Jack DeJohnette, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1989. Creator: Brian Foskett
Jack DeJohnette, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1989

Background imageDrummer Collection: Drum band Olodum performing in Pelourinho during carnival, Bahia, Brazil, South America

Drum band Olodum performing in Pelourinho during carnival, Bahia, Brazil, South America

Background imageDrummer Collection: EVRV2A-00182

EVRV2A-00182
British army marching in formation up Breeds Hill in the Battle of Bunker Hill, American Revolution, 1775 Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century Howard Pyle illustration

Background imageDrummer Collection: Recruiting Bands / Wwi

Recruiting Bands / Wwi
A poster asking for people to donate to or join a recruiting band, a popular method of recruiting men during World War One

Background imageDrummer Collection: Drummer Boy / Grenadier

Drummer Boy / Grenadier
Drummer boy of the Grenadier Guards

Background imageDrummer Collection: Up, Guards, and at them! Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo (chromolitho)

Up, Guards, and at them! Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo (chromolitho)
5234168 Up, Guards, and at them! Wellington at the Battle of Waterloo (chromolitho) by Woodville, Richard Caton II (1856-1927) (after); Private Collection; (add.info.: Up, Guards, and at them)

Background imageDrummer Collection: Art Blakey, Ronnie Scotts, London, 1984. Artist: Brian O Connor

Art Blakey, Ronnie Scotts, London, 1984. Artist: Brian O Connor
Art Blakey, Ronnie Scott s, London, 1984. Art Blakey, also known as Abdullah Ibn Buhaina, was an American jazz drummer and bandleader

Background imageDrummer Collection: Traditional Japanese taiko drumming performance

Traditional Japanese taiko drumming performance, Matsuyama, Ehime prefecture, Shikoku island, Japan, Asia

Background imageDrummer Collection: Shaman mask, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia (B. C. ), Canada, North America

Shaman mask, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia (B. C. ), Canada, North America
Shaman mask, Queen Charlotte Islands, British Columbia (B.C.), Canada, North America

Background imageDrummer Collection: William Kemp or Kempe, Elizabethan comedian, 1600

William Kemp or Kempe, Elizabethan comedian, 1600
William Kemp or Kempe (d1603) Elizabethan comedian who danced from Norwich to London in 1599, (1600). Here Kemp, with bells on his legs, is dancing the Morris

Background imageDrummer Collection: Ben Riley, BBC TV Recording Jazz Goes to College Cambridge, 1966. Creator

Ben Riley, BBC TV Recording Jazz Goes to College Cambridge, 1966. Creator
Ben Riley, BBC TV Recording " Jazz Goes to College" Cambridge, 1966

Background imageDrummer Collection: Drummer Louie Bellson and his big band playing at the Forum Theatre, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, 1979

Drummer Louie Bellson and his big band playing at the Forum Theatre, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, 1979
Drummer Louie Bellson and his big band in concert at the Forum Theatre, Hatfield, Hertfordshire, 7 November 1979. Also pictured are trombonists Kurt Berger and Doug Wintz

Background imageDrummer Collection: Louie Bellson and Buddy Rich at the International Drummers Association meeting

Louie Bellson and Buddy Rich at the International Drummers Association meeting at the Horseshoe pub, Tottenham Court Road, London, 1 November 1978

Background imageDrummer Collection: The Night Watch, 1662, by Rembrandt (1606-1669)

The Night Watch, 1662, by Rembrandt (1606-1669)
Rembrandt Harmenszoon van Rijn (1606-1669). Dutch painter. The Night Watch, 1662. Rijksmuseum. Amsterdam. Holland

Background imageDrummer Collection: THE BAMBOULA, 1885. Drawing, 1885, by Edward Windsor Kemble

THE BAMBOULA, 1885. Drawing, 1885, by Edward Windsor Kemble

Background imageDrummer Collection: Southwark Fair, 1733 (engraving)

Southwark Fair, 1733 (engraving)
XJF397625 Southwark Fair, 1733 (engraving) by Hogarth, William (1697-1764); Private Collection; (add.info.: fair held for 2 weeks in September, it was abolished in 1762; ); English, out of copyright

Background imageDrummer Collection: JOHNSON: DRUMMER BOY, c1870. The Wounded Drummer Boy. Oil on canvas by Eastman Johnson, c1870

JOHNSON: DRUMMER BOY, c1870. The Wounded Drummer Boy. Oil on canvas by Eastman Johnson, c1870

Background imageDrummer Collection: AMERICAN CIRCUS, c1874. The Grand Layout. Circus parade around tents with a crowd watching

AMERICAN CIRCUS, c1874. The Grand Layout. Circus parade around tents with a crowd watching alongside a railroad train. American lithograph, c1874

Background imageDrummer Collection: Hawaiian women dancing the hula, 1800s

Hawaiian women dancing the hula, 1800s
Hula-hula performed by Hawaiian natives, mid-1800s. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageDrummer Collection: Battle of Blenheim, War of Spanish Succession

Battle of Blenheim, War of Spanish Succession
Duke of Marlborough leading his English troops at Blenheim, War of Spanish Succession, 1704. Hand-colored woodcut of a 19th-century illustration

Background imageDrummer Collection: French Revolution / Song

French Revolution / Song
Marianne leads the revolutionary army in the Marseillaise, the French national anthem

Background imageDrummer Collection: Southwark Fair, 1733, illustration from Hogarth Restored

Southwark Fair, 1733, illustration from Hogarth Restored
STC451142 Southwark Fair, 1733, illustration from Hogarth Restored: The Whole Works of the celebrated William Hogarth, re-engraved by Thomas Cook, pub

Background imageDrummer Collection: Max Roach, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1996. Creator: Brian Foskett

Max Roach, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1996. Creator: Brian Foskett
Max Roach, Queen Elizabeth Hall, London, 1996

Background imageDrummer Collection: The Count Basie Orchestra in concert, c1950s. Artist: Denis Williams

The Count Basie Orchestra in concert, c1950s. Artist: Denis Williams
The Count Basie Orchestra in concert. Sonny Payne on the drums

Background imageDrummer Collection: Performing bear in a Russian village, 1877

Performing bear in a Russian village, 1877. A print from The Illustrated London News, (19 May 1877). Hand-coloured later

Background imageDrummer Collection: British military discipline, 19th century

British military discipline, 19th century. A soldier, tied to the triangle, being flogged with a cat-o-nine-tails. In 1867 Parliament abolished flogging in the services

Background imageDrummer Collection: Ghana, Brong Ahafo region, Nkoranza

Ghana, Brong Ahafo region, Nkoranza. A special needs schoolboy drumming in Nkoranza

Background imageDrummer Collection: Birthday card, The Beatles caricature

Birthday card, The Beatles caricature - Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! Date: circa 1964

Background imageDrummer Collection: Larry Mullen jnr. playing the drums with U2 at the N. E. C. Birmingham

Larry Mullen jnr. playing the drums with U2 at the N. E. C. Birmingham
Larry Mullen jnr. playing the drums with U2 at the N.E.C. Birmingham. 3rd June 1987



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In the heart of London, in 1967, the legendary Buddy Rich took center stage with his drumsticks poised and ready. The crowd held their breath as he unleashed a rhythmic storm that shook the very foundations of music. This captivating moment was captured by Brian Foskett, forever immortalizing the genius of one of history's greatest drummers. Across time and continents, drums have echoed through pivotal moments in history. In Howard Pyle's oil on canvas masterpiece from 1906, "The Nation Makers, " we witness the Battle of Brandywine during the Revolutionary War. Amidst chaos and gunfire, a drummer boy stands tall, beating out a rallying cry for freedom. Fast forward to 1968 in London once again; Joe Morello takes his turn under Brian Foskett's lens. With lightning speed and precision, Morello mesmerizes audiences with his virtuosity on the drums. His beats reverberate through every corner of Queen Elizabeth Hall. Speaking of battles, Howard Pyle brings us another iconic scene: The Battle of Bunker Hill in 1898. As soldiers clash swords and musket balls fly through the air, a drummer boy fearlessly pounds away at his instrument amidst chaos and carnage—a symbol of unwavering courage amid adversity. From military regiments to recruitment posters during WWI featuring Argyll and Sutherland Highlanders or Grenadier Guards at St Michaels Mount—drummers have always played an essential role in keeping armies marching to victory. But it wasn't just war where drumming left its mark; it also found its place within jazz ensembles around the world. Jack DeJohnette's explosive performance at Queen Elizabeth Hall in 1989 showcases how drums can transcend boundaries and captivate audiences across genres. Elvin Jones' Jazz Machine brought rhythm to life at Jazz Bakery in Los Angeles back in 1997—an unforgettable night where the drums became a force of nature, commanding attention and igniting passion.