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Music Page

These are some of the tunes we play, as well as some others that are just interesting.  These are saved in various formats; if you notice any problems or have questions, feel free to contact the webmaster.

See the format notes toward the bottom for information on how the songs are organized and what all these funny abbreviations mean.

You'll find some drum music down towards the bottom of the page.

As usual, this is a work in progress, so new tunes are being added all the time.  If you don't see one you're interested in, just ask.

Zip files of the whole set are available.  See the information at the bottom of the page.

Col. H. C. Hart's "New and Improved Instructor for the DRUM"

Frog in the Well
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Beaux of Oak Hill
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc


Bruce and Emmett's "Drummers' and Fifers' Guide"


Biddy Oats
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Downfall of Paris
PDF JPG Midi abc
Hell on the Wabash
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Montezuma (the last song in the evening duty)
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Newport
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
No Party
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Owl Creek
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Retreat (afternoon duty)
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Three Camps (Reveille)
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Turnpike Bend
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc

"No Party" is written with a high C.  Aside from the fact that many fifers find it dfficult to play a high C, there has been some discussion about whether this is actually correct.  The version here has that C written as a B.

The American Veteran Fifer

Most of the American Veteran Fifer tunes have been transcribed and are on a separate page of their own.

Revolutionary War Era

from various sources
The Turk's March
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Knolton's Quickstep
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc

The Company of Fifers and Drummers

A major source of tunes, the books of the Company are available on-line.  (See the links page)

Baker's Buck
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Bonaparte Crossing the Rhine
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Father O'Flynn
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
First of September
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Fisher's Hornpipe
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Green Cockade
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Korn Likker
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Little Tea
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Paddy on the Handcar
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Roving Sailor
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Sailor's Hornpipe
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Sgt O'Leary
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Sisters
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc


CCDB Music

Some songs have "local variations" which differ from commonly available printed material.  The songs that CCDB plays that are unique to the group appear below.

Ashworth's Quickstep
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Balquhidder Lasses
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Buffalo Gals
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Battle Hymn
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Catholic Boys
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Irishman's Wages
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Mountain Dew
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Paddy on the Handcar
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Rally 'Round the Flag
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Union Quickstep
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Village Quickstep
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
Welcome Here Again
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc
When We Go Down To Washington
PDF
JPG
Midi
abc


Format notes:

The files on this page were created with various programs on various systems.  They are hopefully correct, but if you find any that appear bad, illegible, or need to be cleaned up - please let me  know.
  
PDF
 "Portable Display Format", by Adobe. Use the Acrobat Reader (acroread) to view and print these files.  They're formatted for US sized 8-1/2 by 11 inch pages.
JPG
 a picture format, sometimes known as JPEG. Your web browser should be able to display these.  The jpg files here may be smaller size (and smaller scale) than the GIF images.  There's one song per page.
Midi
 a sound file. These are short and only contain the first part played one time through, followed by the second part played one time through (AB, not AABB as they are usually played).  The only exception is if there are first and second endings for the tune; then you get the whole thing.  The tones should match your (B-flat) fife, although an octave low. The files are automatically generated and don't sound much like a fife, but will hopefully give you an idea of what it should sound like if you have difficulty following the written music.
abc
 a simple text format that contains the notes and lengths. It's a format used on the Web to email tunes back and forth. It's not too legible, but it's very compact.  See the web pages for abc and abcplus on sourceforge for more information and various programs which allow you to read, play, and print music files.  There are LOTS of abc tune archives out there.


Drum Music

Following are some drum beatings for specific songs as well as general beats that are used for many fife tunes.  These are presented in printable format, but do not include abc or midi files at the moment.  (I have had trouble getting abc to handle drum notation, so the music files use a shareware program named "Mup", or Music Publisher (from arkkra).  This runs well on Unix/Linux systems and produces PostScript output for printing.)  Some drum music contains snare and bass drum parts written on the same staff.  The snare is above the bass.
 
Frog in the Well (from Hart's)
PDF
JPG
mup
Ashworth's Quick Step
PDF
JPG
mup
Yankee Doodle (Hart's Plain Flam)
PDF
JPG
mup
Army 2/4 Standard Beat (Bruce & Emmett) (See note 1)
PDF
JPG
mup
Roving Sailor (See note 2)
PDF
JPG
mup

Notes:
  1. The Army 2/4 is written with two emphasized 16th notes at the beginning of a beat.  Many people play this with only the second 16th emphasized to create a syncopated rhythm.  It's wrong.  (My pet peeve.)
  2. The Roving Sailor is an early beating that apparently is a predecessor to the basic Army 2/4.  It's useful for several different tunes and as an alternate to the old standards (Army 2/4 and Monumental).

CCDB Stand Pieces

6/8 Medley
PDF
JPG
mup
Matt Conklin's Flam Tap
PDF
JPG mup
British Grenadiers
PDF
JPG mup
Crazy Army
PDF
JPG mup
Lily-O
PDF
JPG mup
Crazy Monumental
PDF
JPG mup

Zip files

By request, for those who want the complete set of files to examine at their leisure, zip files are available.  These contain the PDF files for printing, the JPG files for viewing, and the Midi files (fife music only) for listening.

The files are:
Fife music from this page
1278113 bytes
14-Jun-2004
Fife music from AVF
1502420 bytes
27-Nov-2004
Drum music from this page
243671 bytes
18-Oct-2003

(The AVF music file contains only PDF and Midi files.  Including the JPG images increased the size dramatically.  If you do need JPG files, they are available but large - about 4.8 MB.)

 


 
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