Beat of drum

(Mil.) a succession of strokes varied, in different ways, for particular purposes, as to regulate a march, to call soldiers to their arms or quarters, to direct an attack, or retreat, etc.

See also: Beat

References in classic literature ?
Our friend Charley, after disturbing the household with beat of drum and riotous shouts, races up and down the staircase, overturning of chairs, and much other uproar, began to feel the quiet and confinement within doors intolerable.
Early in the morning, the plunder still going on, General Baird announced publicly by beat of drum, that any thief detected in the fact, be he whom he might, should be hung.
They rallied handsomely, and that without beat of drum, which is no easy thing to do under fire, and were very steady till he fell.
Interestingly, to make the activity more extravagant and regal, many kitefliers and spectators danced to the beat of drum while music was also relayed on loudspeakers.
KARACHI -- With fireworks and dancing to the beat of drum, new year was celebrated in Pakistan.
Supporters distributed sweets and danced on the beat of drum.
The winners and their supporters expressed their joy by dancing to the beat of drum after every bout.
He said people of Kalash love music and dance on beat of drums.
There was a carnival atmosphere as revellers waved banners and walked to the beat of drums from the Scottish Parliament up the Royal Mile before heading to Teviot Row.
by 2013 singing champions Young Spirit offers Round Dance songs invested in the strong beat of drums and the stylings of vocals in the Plains Cree language.
After appearing to the beat of drums in a cloud of smoke, he told fans: "It's an absolute pleasure to be here.
The beat of drums and the splash of paddles marked the first Newcastle dragon boat race challenge on the River Tyne yesterday.