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The part of a drum that is stretched over the shell and held in place by lugs, and sometimes a rim as well. You strike the head with a mallet, stick, or other body parts (see tenors), including, but not limited to, your hands; in order to produce a sound. If you're a percussionist, the sounds will likley resolve into music. Also the part of a mallet or stick which comes into contact with the percussion instrument.