This cylindrical drum has two heads, one with a snare. When the drum head is struck with the drum sticks, the snare adds a vibration, or rattle, to the drum's din. The Medieval style drums are made with two, rope tuned, skin heads that are rolled and stitched with the snare on the top head. This style of drum is a traditional military drum with a long history. They were used to mark time for marching or to signal during confrontations. In England during the Renaissance, side drums like this were known as a tabor. In England, the shallow tabor, associated with the American war of independence, is sometimes called a tom-tom. In France, during the 18th century, they were known as tambours, or tabret, and were well associated with the political resistance and rebellion against the French monarchy.
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