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The drum is a musical instrument of the percussion group. A musician who plays the drum is called a drummer.[1]


Drums are used to assemble an army into formation,[1] to give a command,[2] and to help set a marching pace.[3][4] Oarmasters on ships use drums to set a rhythm for oarsmen to follow.[5][6][7]


A round tower that has a longer diameter length than height is called a "drum tower" due to its shape ressembling the instrument. Drum towers can be found throughout Westeros such as the Red Keep,[8] Storm's End,[9] the First Keep of Winterfell,[10] or the Dun Fort.[11]

Recent events

A Game of Thrones

Drums are used at the wedding of Daenerys Targaryen and Khal Drogo.[12]

A Clash of Kings

Lord Balon Greyjoy hosts his captains in a feast in the Great Keep of Pyke where music is played by fiddles, skins and drums.[13]

Tyrion Lannister compares the three Kettleblack brothers to hollow drums.[14]

When Ser Edmure Tully returns to Riverrun after the Battle of the Fords, the castle is celebrating. Rymund the Rhymer plays his harp, accompanied by a pair of drummers and a youth with a set of reed pipes.[15]

A Storm of Swords

Fiddlers, flutists and drummers performe "Flowers of Spring" at the wedding of Lord Edmure Tully and Roslin Frey.[16]

The gallery of the throne room is packed with musicians such as drummers during the wedding of King Joffrey I Baratheon and Margaery Tyrell.[17]

Drums are used by the wildlings during the Battle of Castle Black.[18]

A Feast for Crows

Drums play in a slow and measured tone for the honor procession of Lord Tywin Lannister's casket.[19]