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The Drum Major
Season 04, Episode 17
Air Date February 4, 1988
Writer Matt Robinson
Director Regge Life
Previous The Visit
Next Waterworks

The Drum Major is the seventeenth episode of The Cosby Show's fourth season which was first broadcast on February 4, 1988.


Vanessa prepares an impressive audition, hoping to become her school's first female drum major. Cliff and Russell Huxtable share some laughs, and some of Cliff's three-day chili, with Russell's old friend Slim Claxton (Dub Taylor), a xylophonist who is in town to play at a jazz club with his trio.