Battle Road 2000 - The 225th

April 14 - 17, 2000

Our Heritage Through Living History

Battle Road

Lexington Minute Men

2nd Massachusetts Regiment

4th Middlesex Regiment/85ème Régiment de Saintonge

1st Foot Guards

5th Regiment of Foot

10th Regiment of Foot


Stand your ground; don't fire unless fired upon, but if they mean to have a war, let it begin here. -Captain Parker

Whoever looks upon them as an irregular mob will find himself much mistaken, they have men amongst them who know very well what they are about. -Lord Percy


Xxx Xxxxx, Chairman
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Xxxx, XX xxxxx
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Saturday Schedule

On Saturday, April 15th, 2000, there will be fife and drum music before battles and ceremonies, after, or both, according to the following schedule.

North Bridge:
Massed Music before
Colonial Williamsburg after
McHugh Field:
1st Michigan before
Massed Music after
Hartwell Tavern:
1st Michigan before and after
Battle Road Visitor Center
Colonial Williamsburg and Massed Music before
Hastings Park:
Colonial Williamsburg and Massed Music before
Lexington Green:
Colonial Williamsburg at about 2:15
(Colonial Williamsburg will leave the Green to join the parade ahead of the route of the Regulars through Lexington Center)
Tower Park:
1st Michigan before



The Battle Road 2000 celebration has need of talented Colonial musicians to serve in one of two capacities: Massed Music and Field Music. Regardless of the group, all musicians MUST PRE-REGISTER!! This is due to transportation logistics. The Committee is very sorry, but we cannot accept walk-ons. All musicians must pass a clothing inspection first thing Saturday a.m. and are held to the same standards as soldiers in dress and deportment. Please see the Military Standards: Conduct in the Field and Organization and the standards for men in the Clothing Guidelines. All local musicians should attend the Muster Day in Lexington on March 25th to learn more about your role, practice the music with your fellow musicians, and clarify any clothing concerns you may have. The Massed Music and Field Music Coordinators have complete authority over a musician's participation in Battle Road 2000. Please communicate with the coordinators in advance to prevent a denial on the morning of April 15th! The duties and requirements for each position are described below:


This group performs concerts before each battle or ceremony, sometimes with the 1st Michigan Fife and Drum Corps. There will be some parading between battle sites. This is a high-visibility position with great expected media coverage. Massed Music participants must have learned the music book for Battle Road, which is forthcoming. They should be prepared to serve a full day of performances on Saturday. Plans are underway to participate in a fife and drum display at Lexington Green Friday evening, April 14, the rededication of the Green on Sunday, April 16, and the Lexington Patriot's Day Parade on Monday, April 17 for those interested. A Massed Musician under the age of 16 MUST have an adult chaperone accompanying them at all times. Chaperones must either be in 18th century clothing, subject to inspection per the Clothing Regulations, or in 20th century clothes.

Massed Music Co-Coordinators:

Xxx Xxxxx

Xxx Xxxxx


Field Musicians serve a vital communication role on the battlefield by playing signals and following the orders of their commanding officers. They will serve with their assigned battalion for the entire day's scenario and be involved in all fighting action. The Field Music Coordinator will choose the Field Musicians from those indicating a desire to participate. There are a limited number of spaces available -- approx. one drum and fife per platoon. Field Musicians must be competent players and must know the duty calls and march tunes listed in the Battle Road music book, which is forthcoming. They should be experienced on the battlefield, able to serve a long day of reenacting, and able to work independently with minimal supervision. Field Musicians may participate with the Massed Musicians in the special events Friday, Sunday and Monday (see previous column), provided they are familiar with the music book.

Field Music Coordinator:

Xxx Xxxxx


Kit:Same as the Clothing Guidelines and (where applicable) Equipment Guidelines for men. Please read!
Drums:Rope-tensioned wooden field drum. Leather drum sling. No printing on drum heads -- please paint over, or use heads from Cooperman Fife and Drum (xxx-xxx-xxxx) or others. Optional: Cover metal rims of plastic heads with masking tape to look like skin.
Fifes:6-hole wooden fife, not maple wood. Must be in the key of B flat for Massed Musicians.

If you are interested in bringing Glory and Harmony to the Colonies, please return the enclosed postcard and the Coordinators will contact you to send you the Battle Road Music Book.

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Last updated: 5 Apr 2000

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