Band Instruments Communicate Orders

Band Instruments Communicate Orders

Did you know … During the Civil War, fifes and drums were used by the northern armies and the southern armies. Bugles were also used. All three instruments communicated signals and orders to troops. These instruments played an important role in a soldier’s daily activities. Fifes and drums A company of soldiers had about 100 men and usually had a fifer and a drummer. They entertained the troops, but they had a much more important job. They played particular tunes to let soldiers know when it was time to march, or eat dinner, or retreat from battle. Not only did the fifers and drummers have to memorize about 50 songs, but the soldiers listening for the orders had to know what each tune meant. They also marched and played for parades. Drummers could train...

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