[ Acquisitions ]
A Gift: The Paul A. Munier
Collection of Military Snare Drumsticks
We are pleased to announce the acquisition of an important collection of 20th century military drumsticks. This gift, donated by Paul A. Munier of Haverill, MA, 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 here 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.”
Mr. Munier is a retired school teacher who has long been interested 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. 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 portion of his collection in the near future.