a person who plays a drum.
a commercial traveler or traveling sales representative.
march to a different drummer, to be motivated by a different set of values than the average person.

1565–75; drum1 + -er1

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drummer (ˈdrʌmə)
1.  a person who plays a drum or set of drums
2.  chiefly (US) a salesman, esp a travelling salesman
3.  slang (Austral), (NZ) the slowest shearer in a team

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see march to a different beat (drummer).

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
The drums are a real challenge if you're not actually a drummer.
Most fireflies flash at random, each to its own drummer.
Initially, he worked as a drummer in various jazz bands.
Every village had an expert drummer and every villager could understand what
  the drums were saying.
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