Museum of the American Revolution celebrates fifers, drummers with outdoor party

The annual fife and drum party was not out of tune in Old City on Saturday.

Kimberly Adams
August 18, 2018 - 2:27 pm
Museum of the American Revolution Drum Party

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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- The annual fife and drum party was not out of tune in Old City on Saturday. The event was music to the ears of many...and educational too.  

It was the sound of the drummer's call and pitch of the fifes at the Museum of the American Revolution, and 6-year-old Xavier DiMartino got to join in with a free flute. 

Museum of the American Revolution Drum Party
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The youngster joined at least 50 others as the museum celebrated fifers and drummers of the Revolutionary War.

"Fifers and drummers were so important," said spokesperson Alex McKecknie. "They would signal commands and keep up the spirits of the troops."

On the museum's outdoor plaza at 3rd and Chestnut Streets, the Fifes and Drums of the Old Barracks performed patriotic tunes. And the museum’s own costumed musicians offered fife and drum demonstrations and a brief lesson for guests.

Xavier's uncle, Jeremiah, said the event was the best of both worlds.

"It's fun for the kids," he said, "and they can learn something here as well."

Museum of the American Revolution Drum Party
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Indoors, people got a chance to try on costumes and march to the beat the drum. Eight-year-old Tano Quigley, from Montgomery County, came dressed in his own costume.

"I like going to reenactments and I wear something every time," he said. "Why wouldn't I wear it if I have it?"