Definition and background:
A drum common in orchestral, band, and jazz music with two heads. It is named after the " snares " or rawhide strings stretched across the lower head. a small drum, also sometimes referred to as a side drum, which has a skin at both ends of a shallow cylinder. the upper skin is struck with a pair of wooden sticks, while the lower one is in contact with strings-called snares-which produce a rattling effect
One of the more common drums in marching bands and drumlines and the primary drum of a drumset. The "snares" are the wires on the bottom of the drum that give it that "buzz" sound. Standard size is usually 14" diameter by 5 1/2" in depth but can vary greatly.
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