Homestead hosts 24th Annual Fife and Drum Muster

By Melanie Savage - Staff Writer
Coventry - posted Wed., Jul. 27, 2011
John Willnauer plays the role of Asher Wright, a close friend of Nathan Hale, during the 24th Annual Ancient Fife and Drum Muster in Coventry. Photos by Melanie Savage.
John Willnauer plays the role of Asher Wright, a close friend of Nathan Hale, during the 24th Annual Ancient Fife and Drum Muster in Coventry. Photos by Melanie Savage.

Sunday, July 24, marked the 24th anniversary of the Annual Ancient Fife and Drum Muster sponsored by The Nathan Hale Ancient Fifes and Drums and Connecticut Landmarks. The event, held on the grounds of the Nathan Hale Homestead, drew 13 groups from all over Connecticut. Some groups set up camp on Saturday and spent the night at the Homestead. Artillery wake-up call was at 8 a.m., with a 10 a.m. morning gun, national anthem and flag-raising signaling the opening of the camp to the public.

There were demonstrations of Revolutionary War-era camp activities throughout the day, including artillery preparation and care, sewing and cooking. But the main attraction was definitely the music, with impromptu performances occurring throughout the morning.
A noon parade signaled the official start of the musical portion of the program, with all 13 fife and drum units filing past spectators onto the grounds of the Homestead. The parade is traditionally followed by the Ancient Fife and Drums Corps Muster, basically a large jam session for fife and drum.


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