Re: Should drummers call themselves musicians?
Just check out "Boléro" from Maurice Ravel or if not convinced check
"Concerto for 2 pianos, percussion and orchestra" from Béla Bartňk,
and many, many, many more.
NOW : IMAGINE ALL THIS GREAT MUSIC WITHOUT PERCUSSION!!!
It needs many years of studying to be a good musician and be able to
play this percussion parts, and it needs also a lot of preparation and
experience as a musician to make all kind's of music sound good as a
drummer who play's "only" the Drums.