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HAL meeting looks at Union Volunteers Fife & Drum Corps

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Mon, Mar 11th 2019 01:50 pm

The Historical Association of Lewiston’s March program is titled “The Union Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps.” The event will take place at 7 p.m. Thursday, March 28, at the Lutheran Church of the Messiah Fellowship Hall, 915 Oneida St.

Based in Western New York, The Union Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps is a historically authentic musical group specializing in the martial field music of the Civil War. Patrons can hear the trill sounds of the fife and the deep rumble of the drum from musicians splendidly attired in the uniforms of northern Union musicians. Music is performed on replica period instruments.

Formed in 2009 by Jim Pace (fife) and Brian Seibel (drum), Union Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps is well known amongst Civil War re-enactors in the Western New York area. The band also has performed for the National Park Service. The Union Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps is primarily a two-member outfit – one fife and one drum – as was typically utilized at the company level (approximately 100 men) during the Civil War.

Pace is a retired music educator and an active professional musician who has performed on a variety of instruments with bands and orchestras in the Buffalo area for more than 40 years. He is also the town historian for West Seneca. Seibel is a professional freelance percussionist with decades of experience in Civil War re-enacting and musical research. He is also well-versed in Scottish drumming and early American music.

This community event is free and open to all. Refreshments will be served.

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