About a year ago a new book of fife and drum music was published by the Company of Fifers and Drummers. I am excited about the book because it includes a variety of fresh tunes written by modern day composers that have an interest in perpetuating music for the fife and the drum, such as John Benoit, Dominick Cuccia, Greg Rice, Jason Malli, Brendan Mason, Dan Moylan and the late, great Roy Watrous, to name just a few. Also, it recently underwent a face lift and will include the image above on its cover. Lastly, I am happy that a handful of my own tunes, such as Hazards of Hatteras, Cape Horn (yet to be published here), Drummelhund and Gloriana, were recognized and included in the collection along with accompanying drum parts.
These new tunes are coupled with some fun traditional jam tunes that everyone should be excited to add to their repertoire. As you peruse through the book I hope it will become apparent that the new tunes were really written ‘In the Ancient Spirit’ and realize how wonderful it is to see the Company of Fifers and Drummers support this new music.