J. L. BELL is a Massachusetts writer who specializes in (among other things) the start of the American Revolution in and around Boston. He is particularly interested in the experiences of children in 1765-75. He has published scholarly papers and popular articles for both children and adults. He was consultant for an episode of History Detectives, and contributed to a display at Minute Man National Historic Park.

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Friday, September 03, 2010

Drumming Up Interest

This month brings two big fife and drum musters in Massachusetts.

Old Sturbridge Village hosts its annual Drummers’ Call on Saturday, 11 September: “The Sturbridge Village Martial Music Adult Corps and Youth Fife & Drum Corps will be joined by visiting fife & drum corps.”

Two weeks later on Saturday, 25 September, is the annual Sudbury Muster, hosted by the Sudbury Minutemen and Longfellow’s Wayside Inn. In addition to the music, there will be sutlers, crafts vendors, and vaguely-historically-based family games.

(My photo shows a member of the William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps a few years back.)

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