Re: Should drummers call themselves musicians?
We play music, we are musicians.Simple as that.
I think the attitude coming from some non-drumming musicians that drummers are "just the drummer" says more about their level of musicianship than the drummer's.
If they listen to a fairly decent drummer and hear what he is playing as timekeeping, not music, then they clearly haven't got a clue about the subtleties of groove, dynamics, mood etc.
I don't think we'll ever get rid of this attitude, not until we can play chords on the drum kit. Then they'll accept us as musicians.