The new History Learning Center continued to provide an excellent venue for fun and learning as the Tryon Palace Fife and Drum Corps performed music from the past and explained a bit about the history and reason for music in the military.
The sounds of the call to assemble brought the members onto the stage in full uniform of the day, with instruments made as closely as possible to the 18th Century.
Before the performance, it was explained that the fife and drum were primarily for communication. The shrill fife and loud drums can be heard for miles and over many other sounds. Those in the area can attest to this as the corps practices frequently.
The audience was treated to several samples of music of the era and the precise steps and movements of this volunteer group.
The Tryon Palace Fife and Drum Corps rehearses weekly, performs at many events and competes against other similar groups around the country. Volunteers range from young to old and are selected at tryouts. They must be able to develop as musicians, able to take orders and able to march for events and parades.
Enjoy the video highlights and images of this fine living history link to a time when New Bern was the Capital of North Carolina!