Greetings campers and parents! The music team is well underway in our preparations for the 2018 Junior Fife and Drum Camp! We look forward to seeing old friends and developing new relationships with people from across the country through our shared love of fifing and drumming.
Last year, we explored the music of the Charles T. Kirk Fife, Drum and Bugle Corps from Brooklyn, NY. This early 20th Century corps brought a lot of fast-paced, challenging, and exciting music to the world of fife and drum which continues to influence groups today. This year, we will be taking a step further back in time, looking at those who were a musical influence to corps such as the Kirks: the musicians of the American Civil War.
The Civil War saw the end of the centuries-long tradition of fifes and drums as military instruments. By the end of the war, bugles had essentially replaced fifes in their non-ceremonial duties. However, this is also when we start to see civilian corps popping up in small towns, some of which still exist today. This, no doubt, was thanks to the many fifers and drummers trained by the military during the early years of the Civil War.
The music you will be performing at this years Deep River Ancient Muster Tattoo has been gathered primarily from two sources: “The Drummers and Fifers Guide” by George Bruce and Dan Emmett - a military manual published in 1862 - and “The American Veteran Fifer”- a 1906 publication of tunes played during the Civil War by members of the National Association of Civil War Musicians.
Please check back to the website on February 1st. Registration will be open and the audition pieces will be posted by that date. https://www.jr-fifedrumcamp.org/ We look forward to seeing your videos!
Matt Garland, Gabe Bacewicz, Aarin Brown, Shawn Meade, and Josh Robbins