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Wooden Fife Maintenance


This is preventative maintenance – cracks in fifes occur because simple precautions are not taken. So please take note of these points:

1. Always take the multiple piece fife apart after playing. This allows the moisture to dry out better without getting into the wood. Store it away from extremes of temperature, and keep it wrapped in a cloth or … Continue reading


Unlocated Fife And Drum Sources


Please notify us if you are aware of the existence of any of the following:

1760 – Spencer Drum. The Drummer’s Instructor. London: R.Spencer, c. 1760. 1770 – Campbell MS. Campbell, Jacob Archibald, compiler. “Slow Marches & Quick Steps.” [1770 – 1780]. Rhode Island Historical Society. Only outer leaf survives. 1776 – Hillegas Fife. [A Compleate Tutor for the Fife. … Continue reading


Military Field Music – Military Bands (Part 3)


In addition to field music, the United States military also had bands that were used for ceremonial purposes and to raise soldier morale. Like field music, this tradition has its roots in European military practices. The first outdoor, or military, bands were made up of woodwind instruments. These bands, known as Harmoniemusik, primarily used oboes, horns, and bassoons. These instruments … Continue reading


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