04-07-2009, 10:27 AM
Our unit has recruited an extremely talented drummer. We are in need of resources for him to learn the various drum rolls. Anyone who can provide us with links to these please post them here. He would like to be up and running at our up coming Battalion Drill on the weekend of April 24th.
Brazos Boys Mess
4th Texas Co. E
04-07-2009, 10:31 PM
Ed sells reprints of many period drum books.
Howes would be a good one to start with. This book used to be online but I forget where it is and if it is even still posted.
This link has many online versions of period sources.....
I will contact Will and ask him to post some sources for you.
04-07-2009, 11:16 PM
Here you go....
Howes and everything else your drummer will need.
04-08-2009, 09:17 AM
Klinehanse's drum and fife manual was approved by the U.S. Army in 1853, and published in Washington, DC. You can download it here:
The next manual to be officially approved by the Army was Strube (1869).
There were many of civilian fife and drum manuals published in between 1853 and 1869. Elias Howe's manuals were probably the most widely distributed, as he was the largest music publisher of his time.
They were actually so widely distributed that they even made their way into the Confederacy.
"Mr. Howe...began making drums, and during the early years of the war he sold drums and fifes to nearly all of the Massachusetts regiments and to many of the Western States. He also published music, especially military band and drum and fife, for use in the armies. Much of this music was sent to Louisville, Ky., and after the war he was informed that it all went into the Confederate army and was played there."
-Boston of To-day: A Glance at Its History and Characteristics. With Biographical Sketches
by Edwin Monroe Bacon - 1892, Page 266
More info on Howe:
Howe copied much of his drum and fife manual from Keach, whose Army Drum Book was aparently somewhat well-known also:
Dwight's Journal of Music: A Paper of Art and Literature - Page 360
by John Sullivan Dwight - 1862
Army Drum and Fife Book
This work contains complete instructions for full Camp Duty; the Reveille, the Tatoo, Calls and Beats used in the U. S. Service, with Engravings, Illustrating the use of the Drum; and a choice collection of National, Patriotic and other Music, all the Bugler's Call for Infantry and Skirmishers. It is edited by Keach, Burditt and Cassidy, and recommended by the late Edward Kendall as the most thorough work of the kind. It is already adopted thoughout the country...As a correct book for Camp Service it cannot be excelled.
Bruce and Emmett's Drummer's and Fifer's Guide for a long time was (is?) the most commonly used manual by reenactors, although it did not see wide distribution during the war, and much of it is not representative of what was being played. Its first appearance in an advertisment was in 1864, and the other manuals were being advertised much earlier.
Unfortunately, old habits die hard, and this Bruce and Emmett trend started in the 1980s with the 125th anniversary reenactments, when most of the other sources had not been rediscovered. The American Veteran Fifer, written by Union veteran musicians in 1905, contains the camp duty from Howe, so if the vets were playing the camp duty from Howe after the war, then they probably played it during the war.
1853 Klinehanse, George D. The Manual of Instruction for Drummers. Washington, DC: n.p., 1857. Pp. 25. Library of Congress
1861 Keach, Burditt, and Cassidy. The Army Drum and Fife Book. Boston: Oliver Ditson and Co., 1861. Pp. 64. Photocopy at Company of Fifers and Drummers, Ivoryton, CT.
1861 Keach, O.W. and B.A. Burdett. The Modern School for the Drum. Boston: Oliver Ditson & Company, 1861. [pp. 46-64 of The Army Drum and Fife Book, above]. Library of Congress, MT662.K32M5L B1
1861 Nevins, William. Army Regulations for Drum, Fife, and Bugle. Chicago: Root & Cady, 1861. Pp. 51. Ohio Historical Society, Dan Emmett Papers.
1862 Bruce, George B. and Dan D. Emmett. The Drummer's and Fifer's Guide. New York: Firth, Pond & Co., 1862. Pp. 96. Library of Congress, M1270.B87 (case)
1862 Hart, Col. H.C. Col. H.C. Hart's New and Improved Instructor for the Drum. New York: Published by the Author at 119 Nassau Street, 1862. Pp. 59. Library of Congress
1862 Hart, Col. H.C. Col. H.C. Hart's New and Improved Instructor for the Drum. New York: Published by the Author, 422 Broome Street, 1862. Pp. 59. Company of Fifers and Drummers, Ivoryton, CT.
1862 Hart, Col. H.C. Col. H.C. Hart's New and Improved Instructor for the Drum. Abridged Edition. New York: William Hall & Son, 1862. Pp. 19. Boston Public Library (camp duty only)
1862 Hart, Col. H.C. Col. H.C. Hart's New and Improved Instructor for the Drum. New York: Published by the Author, 543 Broadway, 1862. Pp. 63. Mattatuck Drum Band, Waterbury, CT
1862 Howe, Elias. Howe's United States Regulation Drum and Fife Instructor. Boston: Elias Howe, 1862. Pp. 93.
1862 Simpson, Henry and Ira Canterbury. The Union Drum and Fife Book. Boston: Oliver Ditson and Company, 1862. Pp. 64.
1864 Nevins, William. Army Regulations for Drum, Fife, and Bugle. Chicago: Root & Cady, pp. 151. Photocopy at Company of Fifers and Drummers, Ivoryton, CT.
1869 Strube, Gardiner A. Strube's Drum and Fife Instructor. New York: D. Appleton & Co., 1869. Pp. 61.
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