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A Gift to YCMI: The Paul A. Munier Collection of Military Snare Drumsticks

Donated by Paul A. Munier, collection comprises 60 pairs of various materials, sizes, and shapes
July 13, 2015

military-drumsticksThe Collection of Musical Instruments recently announced the acquisition of an important collection of twentieth-century military drumsticks. This gift, donated by Paul A. Munier of Haverill, Mass., comprises 60 pairs made in a variety of materials, lengths, and tip shapes. Highlights include hand-turned pairs of rosewood, ebony, cocobolo, persimmon, zebra wood, and solid steel.

The solid steel pair of sticks pictured below was used for practice on a rubber pad by F.G. Holt, a snare drummer who played in the band of John Philip Sousa. Other pairs of Mr. Munier’s collection were owned by champion drummers P.F. Mietzner, the “Poet Drummer of Connecticut,” and A.B. Smith, the “Farmer Drummer of Connecticut.”

Solid steel snare drums sticks used for practice by F.G. Holt of Souza's band.Mr. Munier is a retired school teacher who has a serious interest in American military music. For many years he spent his leisure hours as a drum major, composer, and editor of multiple editions of military drum duets. The Collection noted:

“His donation is a unique addition to our holdings, and we are grateful for his generosity in providing the funds to have the collection photographed and digitally preserved. We hope to display a small exhibition of his collection for our public in the near future.”

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