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Civil War School of Music

June 22, 2024

Gettysburg, PA

Join us for a full-day workshop resembling a Civil War school of music, modeled on the School of Practice, Governors Island, New York, circa 1861. Participants will have the chance to learn from some of the best field musicians in Civil War living history.

The event will take place at Adams County Historical Society's Beyond the Battle Museum in Gettysburg, PA.

More Info and Registration to Come Soon!

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Virtual Fifer's Session

Saturday, August 3, 2024

Free Virtual Event

Join us for a free virtual learning experience for fifers on Saturday, August 3 at 1 pm EST via Zoom. This is a great opportunity to meet some of our instructors, ask questions, and learn about future opportunities. The focus for this event is primarily 19th century field music.

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Harmonicon 2021


November 1-3, 2024

Location TBD

HarmoniCon embraces our musical and historical heritage by providing an educational weekend for all ages to explore, share and learn the ancient and modern music of the fifes and drums. For ages 11 and up and no historic uniforms required!

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The Field Music School Association, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization, is supported by the Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, the Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation, the Fifes and Drums of Colonial Williamsburg, the Fifes and Drums of York Town, Retro Daddio, and many more sponsors. On this website you will find much information about the history of field musicians; the history of the 19th century Army school of music on Governors Island in NY Harbor; countless resources for fifers, drummers, and buglers; bios of the outstanding instructors and staff who will be leading the two events; registration forms; and guidelines to help you prepare for your arrival and participation. Field musicians ages 11 through adult are welcome, and there are also opportunities for volunteers.

Please take some time to look around, read the information that's posted, and let us know if you have any questions via our contact page. We look forward to seeing you!