Drum Traces (Drag Ropes) are decorative Cords which hang underneath a marching Drum.
It is believed that they originated from the excess rope which was left over when the older ‘Rope Tension Drums’ were roped or tied Up. The excess rope would be plaited and stored around the bottom edge of the Drum when being played and then used as carrying straps by the Drummer, who would wear the Drum on his back (like a rucksack) when not being played. They are now used as a decorative addition to more modern marching Drums
Our Drum Traces (Drag Ropes) are made with best quality, Cotton Cord/Rope and measure 44″ in length (11″ of rope including knot, 22″ of Drummers Plait and then another 11″ of rope including knot).
The rope is attached by slipping the knotted ends behind an appropriate tension rod bolt, then tying a new knot using the existing cord and the knotted end to secure the Drum Trace in place (Please call if you need help with attaching the cords).