The Drummer Boy is the sixteenth episode of Season 2 of The Brady Bunch, and the 41st overall episode of the series. Written by Tom and Helen August and directed by Oscar Rudolph, it first aired 22 January 1971 on ABC.
Bobby plays the drums, horribly, and Peter joins the glee club, then is mocked by his teammates on his pee-wee football team.
Peter, Jan and Cindy have all been accepted into the school's glee club. Bobby is depressed since he wasn't chosen along with his siblings. Mike and Carol want to encourage Bobby to explore other possible musical avenues, such as through the school's music program, so Mike suggests a musical instrument. Bobby chooses the drums, but his talentless efforts drive the family and the neighbors crazy.
Peter is overjoyed to be part of the glee club, that is, until his football teammates tease him about it being a sissy activity, especially as he was late to the first football practice with Los Angeles Rams defensive end Deacon Jones because of glee club rehearsal. Mike and Carol hope that Peter regains his joy in being part of the glee club and doesn't worry about what his peers may think or say about it, especially when Peter is thinking about quitting the club solely because of the teasing. Just as he is about to quit the Glee Club, he and the other football players learn a lesson from Deacon Jones.
- This episode marks the singing debuts of Peter, Jan, and Cindy.