Welcome to The Field Music School and HarmoniCon!



Civil War School of Music

Drum Taps in Dixie

July 29, 2023

Virtual Event

Join us for a virtual learning experience for fife, drum, and bugle on Saturday, July 29 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 authentic 19th century field music.

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Harmonicon 2021


November 3-5, 2023

Yorktown, VA

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!