There is a word most of us only use once a year and the word is majorettes.
They are the drummer girls performing live at some sort of event. In Sergiyev Posad majorettes are normally seen during the annual town celebration opening ceremony when they march down the main street. That’s when I recall the word. The show is somewhat cheesy – red military type uniforms, strange hats decorated with feathers, white mini-skirts and drumming all over punctuated with a distinctive dry drum stick crossing sound.
I’ve made this recording the other day running against the rehearsals by the drummers headquarters, located at the 88th college (no commemorative names here, think of NY avenues instead). My majorette word limit is over now!
Recorded June 1st, 2011 (MS-TFB-2)
Published June 11th, 2011.