Fife and Drum Band

Schedule for the SMS Fife & Drum Band 2012-13

Date Event / Location Time
Place to meet
Monday Mornings Rehearsals - SMS Band Room 7:40am Meet in SMS Band Room
November 11, 2012 Veteran's Day Parade 9:30am-11:30am Meet @ Bailey Park Gazebo
November 15, 2012 Disney Deposit Due ($250)
Download letter
8:30 am SMS Band Room
November 19, 2012 Disney Parent Meeting 7pm SMS Band Room
Jan 7- Feb 11, 2013 Disney Parade Rehearsals 6:45am SHS Gymnasium
Feb 15, 2013 Meet to begin Disney Adventure 8am SMS Band Room
Feb 21, 2013 Arrive back in Somers 4-6pm SMS Back Parking Lot
May 27, 2013 Memorial Day Parade 9am SMS Back Parking Lot
May 31, 2013 Relay for Life Parade - same song list as Memorial Day parade 6:45pm - 8 pm Meet in SMS Band Room
June 5, 2013

SMS Spring Concert - We open the concert with the Star Spangeld Banner. Go to the magic button to download your music.

7:15pm(1st group) SMS auditorium
June 12, 2013 Meeting about Boston Trip 7 pm SMS Band Room

Parade Uniform Requirements

Everyone must own a Tricorner hat, Long Sleeved Button-down white shirt, Black cotton slacks (like dockers-cut and hemmed below the knee/ with two buttons), knee-high white socks, and black tie shoes. I will give you a vest!
Black Tricorn Hats- (Black Tricorn Hat TH-915 $40+Shipping)
Vanguard Marching Shoes - ($32+$10/shipping order)
Knee-High White Socks - Still looking (email me if you have suggestions)

Music to Learn!

The Veteran's Day Parade is a very important performance. Please practice! You can download music using the invisible button.

  1. America
  2. British Grenadiers
  3. Star Brigade
  4. Yankee Doodle
  5. Star Bangled Banner

History and Instruction

History of the Colonial Fife

History of the Colonial Drum

The fife first appeared in the 14th century. Swiss mercenaries popularized the instrument, and for many years the fife served as the European military accompaniment for the drum. The instrument fell out of favor during the 17th century and nearly disappeared, replaced by the hautboy (an ancestor of the oboe).

In the 1750s, the fife regained its popularity. By the time of the American Revolution, both British and Americans adopted it to accompany the field snare drum. The fife is a cylindrical, side-blown instrument with six finger holes and no keys. The best woods for the instrument were hardwoods (rosewood, boxwood and cocabola). It is, though, a limited instrument. Most music for the fife is limited to the keys of D, G, and A, but the high shrill sound of the instrument carries well on the field of battle, creating a spirited and inspirational sound.
The Snare Drum belongs to the oldest instrumental family in existence. The snare and bass drums are replicas of 18th-centruy field drums used by both American and European forces. As was the custom, they are made of ash shells and hoops with calfskin heads and gut snares and are beaten by wooden mallets or sticks in a rudimentary style. Snare drums are of indefinite pitch.

The European military began using bass drums in the third quarter of the 18th century. These large barrel drums had been popular with Turkish armies for many years, and British, German and French soldiers who fought in the American Revolution were familiar with their sound. The musical taste of both enemies and allies influenced American musicians. As the war continued, Americans began adopting the use of these bass drums. By the early 19th-century, the bass drum was a standard part of America's military music.