Drummers' Call: Fife & Drum Celebration at Old Sturbridge Village Sept. 7

Monday, August 26, 2013

Grandparents Get Free OSV Admission on Sept. 8
Seniors Save 50% during Senior Month in September

(Sturbridge, Mass.) Aug. 26, 2012 – Old Sturbridge Village will celebrate the rich tradition of military music with a "Drummers’ Call" fife and drum corps muster on Saturday, Sept. 7. Visitors can learn about the important role musicians played in the daily lives of early New England soldiers. After a grand procession and individual fife and drum performances by each corps, the day ends with a stirring "Jollification," or jam session, where all the groups gather and play their favorite tunes and cadences together. Call 800-SEE-1830 for times and details; to watch a Drummers Call video visit www.osv.org.

On "Grandparents Day" Sept. 8 all grandparents will receive free OSV admission when accompanied by a grandchild. Throughout September adults age 55 and over will get half price daytime admission to the Village and additional discounts during OSV's "Senior Month" celebration. In addition to half price admission in September, seniors age 55 and over get free boat rides, 10 percent off all food purchases, 10 percent off gift shop purchases over $25, and a 10 percent discount at the newly-opened Old Sturbridge Inn and Reeder Family Lodges.

According to Old Sturbridge Village historians, fifers and drummers provided the military's primary communications signals. Fife and drum music was the alarm clock and dinner bell for militia units in early New England, playing Reveille in the morning, Dinner Call at meal time, and "tattoo" calls signaling "lights out" at the end of the day. After the Revolutionary War, fife and drum military music crossed over into popular culture because so many people had been trained to play, and fifes and drums were inexpensive to own.

Certain fife and drum songs took on a national identity and became known as "national airs."  Some, like Yankee Doodle, started out as British songs, but became symbols of patriotic pride for the Colonists. After 1790, each town was required to have a regular "Muster Day" for its militia, and military music was a big part of these events and continued to be a crowd-pleaser.

Old Sturbridge Village is one of the country's oldest and largest living history museums, celebrating life in early New England from 1790-1840. The Village offers free parking and is open from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. seven days a week. For times and details of all OSV activities visit: www.osv.org or call 1-800-SEE-1830.

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