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"(C)oncise and beautifully written. (A) masterful volume."―Maine Antique Digest

“Clark is perfectly suited to his task. An intimate of the form itself as a student, teacher, director, and performer, he is also a trained scholar. His research was extensive and incisive.”―Renee Rothman, Journal of Folklore Research

“The author, James Clark, has created a valuable resource that sheds light on an important regional tradition of American music. His book is written in a way that is useful to scholars, yet accessible to the drum and fife corps community. The first section of the book, dedicated to the time period before and during the Civil War, provides an especially important review of the American literature, consideration of drum manuals, and discussion of techniques.” ―Jayson Dobney, Journal of the American Musical Instrument Society, Vol. XXXIX

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“At last, the definitive history of Connecticut fifing and drumming, from Baron von Steuben’s Revolutionary War drill manual, to its zenith in the Civil War, to the decline (but never the fall) of today’s Ancients’ continuation of the craft.” (John Moon, former director of music, The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)|“This is a remarkable, deeply informed, and engagingly personal introduction to a Connecticut tradition that is rich in history and heritage, deeply rooted in many towns, and a significant slice of Americana.” (Mark Slobin, professor of music, Wesleyan University)
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Product Details

  • Series: The Driftless Connecticut Series & Garnet Books
  • Hardcover: 196 pages
  • Publisher: Wesleyan (June 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0819571415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0819571410
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 7.1 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,773,509 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Phyllis on June 21, 2011
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Just finished the kindle edition and will have to get the real thing for the pictures etc. The first part of the book is well written and has a flow. I found some problem with flow in the second half of the book and inclusion of some material that didn't relate to the topic and the exclusion of other material or lack of expansion on some topics such as the forming of the CT Fifers and Drummers Assoc. and the Company of Fifers and Drummers. There is much more that could have been said about the first modern day musters. The Moodus Corps was well documented but I would have liked to hear more on some of the other corps in the area.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By helpsavethehumans on May 15, 2011
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It's about time someone wrote a well-researched, experiential book about fifing and drumming in CT. It's definitely worth a read.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Kerby Lovallo on May 27, 2011
Format: Hardcover
Finally, there's a book about the fife & drum corps tradition! This is a good introduction to the field for those who aren't familiar with it, and gives plenty of food for thought for those who are. Very readable, good photos & illustrations.
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