The New Jersey Field Music, a Fife Drum, and Bugle Corps that plays authentic historical music while dressed in Civil War period uniforms. The Corps participates in parades, musters, and exhibitions: approximately 12 events a year. Parades include 4th of July, Memorial Day, and the St. Patrick’s Day Parade in New York City where we took first place. Musters include the Deep River (CT), and West Brood (CT).

The Westfield Corps in now accepting new members in the color guard, fife line, drum line, and bugle section. Membership is open to all people 15 years of age and older.

Who We Are

The 15TH Field Music is a Civil War inspired Fife, Drum & Bugle Corps, located in central New Jersey. Established in 1982, our mission is to reflect, with as much historical detail as possible, the concept of New Jersey’s historic musical participation in the civil war of our young and developing nation. Our music is traditional Fife, Drum & Bugle arrangements reflecting the era and times of 1860’s. Our dress in the Union Civil War uniforms augments our appearances at parades, musters and drum corps shows. We are the official musical unit for the 15th New Jersey Volunteer Infantry.

Field Music What Is It?

The long tradition of the fife, drum and bugle as military signal instruments often overshadows its also long tradition as entertaining musical instruments. The Fife was particularly well-suited to jigs and reels so popular in early America. Fifes, drums and bugles were essential instruments to the military, being used not only to signal commands in battle but also to call out daily routines of camp life. The 10 fifes and 10 drummers of the regiment formed a corps that provided military music for reviews, parades and special ceremonies. The fife remained popular throughout the 18th century, into the early part of the 19th century. They played a reduced but still important role in the military actions of the American Civil War.

What We Do

The long tradition of the fife, drum and bugle as military signal instruments often overshadows its also long tradition as entertaining musical instruments. The Fife was particularly well-suited to jigs and reels so popular in early America. Fifes, drums and bugles were essential instruments to the military, being used not only to signal commands in battle but also to call out daily routines of camp life. The 10 fifes and 10 drummers of the regiment formed a corps that provided military music for reviews, parades and special ceremonies. The fife remained popular throughout the 18th century, into the early part of the 19th century. They played a reduced but still important role in the military actions of the American Civil War.

Trivia

Did you know: All Fifers and Drummers were expected to master 148 calls and tunes described in the Union field-music test ” The Drummers and Fifer Guide”, by the first day of their enlistment.

How many calls and tunes do you know?

Did you know: The U.S. Federal Army purchased and issued over 32,000 drums between 1861 and 1865. Most were purchased from Jacob Stewart in Pittsfield, Mass.

Contact Info

15th New Jersey Field Music Company A
Fife, Drums and Bugle Corps
224 East Broad Street Westfield New Jersey 07090
Phone 908.230.6856
Tonydrummer@aol.com

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