Aspiring musicians and historians alike are invited to join the ranks of the Washington Crossing Fifes and Drums, a new ensemble that will begin rehearsing in January 2019.
Washington Crossing Fifes and Drums will play and perform military duties common to the armies of the American Revolution during special events and programs at Washington Crossing Historic Park.
“Fifers and drummers were an integral part of 18th-century military life,” says Jennifer Martin, executive director of the Friends of Washington Crossing Park. “Establishing this corps allows us to recreate the music of the era and illustrate the role these musicians played in the American Revolution.”
In Washington’s day, fifers and drummers were male, ranging from 10 years old through adult. However, the Washington Crossing Fifes and Drums welcomes members regardless of gender. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
All experience levels are welcome. Fifes and drumsticks will be available for loan to those who do not own or have prior experience playing either instrument. Members will be expected to attend practices regularly and be available for special event dates at the park.
Several more openings remain for charter members. An organizational meeting will be held on November 3 at Washington Crossing Historic Park. Practices and lessons will begin in January 2019.
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