As a former drum major of 7 years, I had seen many a parade and watched the drummers. They'd rarely complain but I could see their pain. That's why this topic interests me. Thanks for starting it Keith. I went through hundreds of AAG photos and tried to find a chronological. Thanks to those that submitted posts to date; inventions in garages, harnesses weighing more than drums and the need for lighter drums seems likely. Please continue to contribute to this thread for historical purposes.
And what a drum major you were LindaP.
So good to 'see' you, it's been a long time.
I remember the pain very well, even tried putting a folded up towel on my right shoulder under the strap during our long rehearsals, but nothing helped. Sometimes it hurt so bad I wanted to cry. That's why we snare drummers looked so mean in those days! Hehehehe.
I had the privelege of speaking with a member at the reunion in 2006, she had carried the big tympany through parades and many shows in the early to mid-seventies, she remembered how painful that was for her too.