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Early U.S. Bands – Part 2


The Colonies Go To War

After the Boston Tea Party (1773), the British antagonized the colonists by closing the port of Boston. To improve their defenses and prepare for war, the colonies formed Committees of Safety and forced Tory militia officers to resign. Officers sympathetic to independence replaced the Tory Officers. The colonists also accumulated stores of military supplies and … Continue reading


Early U.S. Bands – Part 1


Pre-Revolutionary War

Prior to the Revolutionary War, colonists readily adapted to British military traditions and rapidly accepted England’s military ideas. They copied British militia organization, utilized British training manuals, and used British officers to drill their troops.

As far back as 1633, in the Colony of Virginia, drummers performed for marching practice during militia drills. In 1659, the Dutch supplied … Continue reading


A Soldier in the Revolutionary War – Part 3


Life in the Army

The drum controlled a soldier’s day. The fifers and drummers in each regiment played different tunes to tell the soldiers where they should be and what they should be doing. Here are some examples.

Reveille (REV-a-lee)

Reveille was beat at sunup. It meant that it was time for the soldiers to get up and get ready … Continue reading


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