Just having watched the movie "Drumline" again, I have a question that I have often wondered about, what are drum majors exactly? Is the drum major position the most prestigious and highest achievement in a marching band? Do they keep time for the band? Are they the best trained and most experienced musicians and must they audition for the part or are they chosen by the band leader or do they volunteer or what? Why are they call "drum" majors? Are they specifically tasked to time the drums or guide the drum line or what is their specific capacity? Anyone that has been in a marching band or knows about drum majors or has been a drum major, I would really be interested in knowing more about these very athletic and capable musicians.