Being that they picked the heaviest and most cumbersome instrument of 'em all, you might think not. But ...

A study I found online says drummers are at least slightly smarter than non - drummers.  Drummers have historically taken a lot of crap from their bandmates and pretty much everyone else.  Example: Jokes like "How do you get a drummer off your porch"?  Answer: "Pay him for the pizza."

Well, guess what?  It seems they're actually smarter than everyone else and have higher pain thresholds!  (Believe that. I've seen friends in local and national bands perform with arm, shoulder and leg injuries that would cripple an NFL player.) Right-handed men between 19 and 49 years of age were asked to tap a drum stick at various intervals and then given an intelligence test.  The results?

“We found that people with high general intelligence were also more stable on a very simple timing task. We also found that these participants had larger volumes of the white matter in the brain, which contains connections between brain regions.” -

So there ... all you uppity singers, guitarists and pretty much everyone else may now STFU.