Calls and Camp Duties for Infantry Field Musicians





Note: The duty music for bugle for Cavalry and Artillery will be available soon.


Music for the Bugle

Infantry Bugle Calls Infantry Calls (PDF)
Cavalry Bugle Calls (coming soon)
Artillery Bugle Calls (coming soon)
Bugle Marches by A. J. Vass, 1861 Bugle Marches (PDF)




Camp Duties for Fife and Drum (As published by Elias Howe, 1861)


The duty music for fifers and drummers starting in 2023 will be taken mostly from Elias Howe's, "United States Regulation Drum and Fife Instructor." All of the music needed for Drum Taps in Dixie, along with a few extras, are all included below. You can also look up the music from the source here (PDF) or by ordering a hard copy of the book from Ed Boyle's website beafifer.com.



Duty Fife (PDF) Drum (PDF) Audio
Drummer's Call Drum
Reveille: Three Camps Fife Drum
Reveille: Slow Scotch Fife Drum
Reveille: Austrian Fife Drum
Reveille: Old Dutch Fife Drum
Reveille: Kinlock Fife Drum
Reveille: Hessian Fife Drum
Reveille: Quick Scotch Fife Drum
Fatigue Call Fife Drum
Breakfast Call Fife Drum
Drill Call Fife Drum
Dinner Call Fife Drum
Assembly Drum
Supper Call (same as Breakfast Call) Fife Drum
Three Cheers Fife Drum
Doublings of the Tattoo Fife Drum


The following calls are also from Howe's would be good to have in your repertoire.

But they are seldom played during the weekend at the field music school.



Surgeon's Call Fife Drum
Adjutant's Call Fife Drum
Church Call Fife Drum
Reveille: The Dawning of Day (optional) Fife Drum
Reveille: The Fifer's Delight (optional) Fife Drum
Reveille: Quickstep (optional) Fife Drum
"Kinloch" Slow Dutch (from the Tattoo) Fife Drum




Camp Duties for Fife and Drum (As by William Nevins, 1861)

In April 2016 the instructors of the NCWFMS have agreed to use William Nevins' 1861 manual as the basis for duty music.


Thank you to instructors Patrick Jones and Stephan Southard for their efforts in compiling and transcribing this music.

Also, thanks to instructors Patrick Jones and Donald Heminitz for recording the following music.


Duty Fife Drum Audio
Drummer's Call Drum
Reveille: Three Camps Fife Drum
Reveille: Slow Scotch Fife Drum
Reveille: Austrian Fife Drum
Reveille: Hessian Fife Drum
Reveille: The Dutch Fife Drum
Reveille: The Dawn of the Day Fife Drum
Reveille: Three Cheers/Quick Scotch/Three Camps Fife Drum
Reveille All Together
Surgeon's Call or Doctor's Call Fife Drum
Fatigue Call Fife Drum
Breakfast Call Fife Drum
Dinner Call Fife Drum
The Colors Fife Drum
Supper Call (same as Breakfast Call) Fife Drum
Assembly Drum
Three Cheers or the Troop Fife Drum
Slow Retreat Fife Drum
Tattoo: Doublings of the Tattoo Fife Drum
Tattoo: Doublings of the Troop or Rose Tree Fife Drum
Tattoo: Troop March Fife Drum
Tattoo: Quick Retreat Fife Drum
Tattoo: Yankee Doodle Fife Drum
Tattoo All Together


The following calls are also from Nevins would be good to have in your repertoire.

But they are seldom played during the weekend at the field music school.



Adjutant's Call Fife Drum
Drill Call Fife Drum
Recall Drum
All Officer's Call Drum
To Arms Fife Drum
The General Fife Drum
Church Call Fife Drum
Rogue's March Fife Drum
Funeral March (No 1) Fife Drum
Funeral March (No 2) Fife Drum