From the 3rd Regiment Bugler
JAN. 15, 2015
Attached you will find the new 2015 Musician’s Manual for 3rd Regiment. This was created in an effort to provide more structure and guidance, and a level of assessment, as we try to implement more and more field music. The past year or so has been mostly a fact-finding and relationship building exercise, where I’ve made contacts enough to compose this document and once any recruitment efforts prove successful we can call upon those who are experienced to assist us where necessary. Even longer than it took to implement the bugle into the regiment, it will take twice as long to form a cohesive group of quality musicians who are trained up. I ask you to review and ask any questions. Refer to this when approached or send any potential recruits my way.
NOV. 14, 2014
Friends of 3rd Regiment:
Yet another year
has gone, and we plan ahead to 2015. I’ve been rather quiet this year as it
relates to the bugle calls and the associated reminders, but mostly by
design. The first two years were very educational for everyone, but I needed
time enough to lay back and observe what might need improvement and I really
have to say I’m blown away. Everyone has learned the most basic calls to an
impressive level, and it shows in the field. We are the only regiment in the
ANV (most Confederate organizations, at that) to maneuver by bugle to, from,
and on the field. My cap’s off to you!
Looking ahead to
2015 I’ve developed (with help, of course) a structured program to provide
guidance for those just starting, or wanting to join as a musician. I will
send that out and its details at a later date, so please be on the lookout.
encourage everyone to send me ideas on what they’d like to see new for 2015.
Want to see new bugle calls implemented, even those not typically
needed/used? Want to hear more about the role of field music, historical
references, types of bugles/instruments, or why I do what I do? Let me know.
I encourage you to email me those ideas and I’ll work my best to ensure it’s
Until we see each other again I remain
Sgt. Paul Dean
3rd Regiment, Chief Musician
1st SC Co K
MAY 15, 2014
Friends of 3rd Regiment:
The activities during 150th Wilderness/Spotsylvania were brisk, and in all it was a great and fun weekend. I want to extend my ‘Thanks’ to everyone in your efforts, and to our company commanders who have done a great job in allowing their units to experience the bugle calls throughout the weekend. Without everyone’s buy-in, this couldn’t work. I’ll say it again, to be the only Regiment on the field for the division with a functional bugler of this capacity and to execute the way you all did was nothing short of exceptional and impressive. My hat’s off to everyone.
In my efforts to find the right people in the right place to get our field music a little kick-start, Noah Crawford of 19th VA Co. B will be our new Lead Drummer. In order for this to move forward we need someone who has proven themselves and Noah has shown great improvement over the years in his abilities. I’ll look to him to help in training our new and new-er drummers in the rudiments and where they need to be and when. We’ll work together to get this off the ground, but it’ll take some time as has the bugling.
I look forward to seeing everyone in attendance at Staunton River Bridge next month!
3rd Regiment, ANV
1st SC, Co. K
JANUARY 15TH, 2014
Friends of 3rd Regiment:
Details have been posted regarding the upcoming 2014 National Civil War Field Music School held at the Holcombe-Jimison Farmstead Museum. This is a weekend event in June 6-8. No watch is needed; the entire weekend is regulated by camp drum and bugle schedule from Reveille to Lights Out and then some. The registration fee includes your meals and lodging on the grounds, and a weekend full of learning opportunities. I would STRONGLY encourage those thinking of joining up as a musician and wanting to know how to play their respective instrument to attend this event, the volunteer teachers and directors are very proficient and knowledgeable, seasoned musicians. The weekend is closed out by a full dress parade by the respective instrumentation. More information about the event and registration can be found at http://www.nationalcivilwarfieldmusicschool.com/.
If you don’t expect to attend, or can’t, but still want to know more specifics about the duties of the field musician, rudiments, or are looking for music sheets, there is a great link on the page with many period resources.
Again, I encourage everyone to review the calls prior to hitting the
field for the first event of the New Year in an effort to brush up and keep
up. As always, if you’re ever stumped or have questions please ask; I’m also
DECEMBER 15TH, 2013
Friends of 3rd Regiment:
2013 saw us institute even more calls, and it’s become noticeable that everyone is starting to get the idea behind it all. Thank you for your patience since day 1 in getting these all implemented and understood. Looking ahead to 2014 you can expect to see more opportunities to learn about music in camp and on the field, rank structure and expectations, regimental musician duties, and much more as it relates to the significance of a little known or focused upon topic in the hobby today. Please note that there are changes to the structure on the horizon, and those will be communicated as they become available.
NOTE: I will be aggressively pursuing a lead drummer at the very least. This’ll be someone who wants to be dedicated to field music and expanding their talents, or has already refined their abilities in the area of music and/or the period drum. Know somebody? Send ‘em my way after you’ve recruited them to your unit, please.
I encourage everyone to review the calls prior to
hitting the field for the first event of the New Year in an effort to brush
up and keep up. As always, if you’re ever stumped or have
questions please ask; I’m also a resource.
3rd Regiment, ANV
FEBRUARY 15, 2013
To help in the planning stages as we get more organized in the area of field music I will be putting together an informal roll of musicians within the regiment. I would urge you to have any musician within your unit contact me, if possible, so that we can exchange information as this will also mean materials, recommendations, and scheduling can be distributed prior to and between events.
The new details and registration information have been released on the 2013 National Civil War Field Music School in NJ. The registration fee has been lowered, to start at $50 through March 1, going up from there. This includes housing, five period meals, and all instruction (total of 9 hours throughout the weekend). This will be an authentic garrison, immersion-style event. The weekend will be regulated completely by bugle/drum. If able to go I would highly encourage any level of musician to attend. For all registration information and downloadable manuals from the period, go to http://www.nationalcivilwarfieldmusicschool.com/.
Reminder: I'm still looking for a potential lead drummer who wants to take on the task of assisting in getting this off the ground.
3rd Regt Bugler
JANUARY 15, 2013
To help organize the field music I'm looking to find a dedicated drummer to help lead and instruct the drummers currently in the regiment throughout the reenacting season. Strict orders will be given never to beat a drum prior to its scheduled occurrence! And if so, said drummer will have to fend for himself and suffer any consequences, tree ropings and all. That said, they need to have an understanding of the drumming rudiments. I can teach field placement and authenticity standards, but they MUST have an understanding of the basic rudiments and be able to play with proficiency. Special consideration given to any who is familiar already with reenacting in general, or can learn the camp calls rather quickly (Reveille and Taps sequence, Assembly, etc).
We have some regular drummers out there and they could use some guidance that goes beyond what I can provide. For the one who brings me a qualified drummer willing to take this on, has a 12 pack in it of his choice. Let me know at the soonest, I'd like to have someone in place prior to the Brenstville COI, where I expect to be going over plenty of material with our musicians.
3rd ANV Bugler
I've recently been adding this information to the regimental Facebook page, but since not everyone has access or visits Facebook, this is an attempt to get the information out to the masses. Please pass this along to your units, this is to use in between events to help keep things fresh. Because the bugling is still very new to everyone I want to keep this updated and in front of everyone as much as possible in an effort to really engage in something that will separate the 3rd Regiment from every other. My goal, again, is to be used in a functional capacity. As I update the attachment periodically I'll send out to everyone.
The latest updates to the document are adding these calls:
School Call (for impromptu meetings or history talks at living history events)
Orders for Orderly Sergeants (morning reports)
and Drill Call
Again, please pass this along and if you have questions please let me know. At the very bottom is a link to a website where you can listen to the calls as well.
The below calls you may expect to hear in camp or on the field. Check back occasionally as more will be added throughout the reenacting season. In total there are 50 calls to memorize, however we will not have a need for all of them. Remember, 150 years ago these calls were played without end every day and recognized daily, therefore remembered more easily.
Attention – Preliminary signal to alert troops other calls would soon follow. When at rest in camp or on the march, this call would immediately cause a soldier to take his place in the ranks at attention.
To the Color – To bring companies up to the color line and form battalions for inspections or dress-parades. It was also sounded for ceremonies honoring the national colors. Whenever sounded at the head of the march it signaled the troops to prepare for action.
**During the course of a reenactment weekend the calls above will be sounded in succession to form on the line for dress-parades, inspections and battle scenarios, or battalion drill.
“15-minute warning” – Attention; The General
“5 minute warning” – The Assembly
Formation – To the Color
At the end of battle scenarios, when required and where appropriate, this will be the call you will hear and have heard to call truce. Church Call is also in use to call truce between sides to end the battle.
Officer’s Call – Used to assemble officers in camp or in the field when their presence is required by the commanding officer.
This call will be sounded 5 minutes prior to the required meeting time at Regimental HQ.
Sick Call – Also known as Surgeon’s Call. Sounded in front of the surgeon’s tent soon after breakfast.
When our Surgeon or Assistant Surgeon set up a time for sick call, this will be sounded 5 minutes prior to the allotted time, when arranged in advance.
Church Call – Primarily, this was the call to worship but was sometimes used to call a truce between sides for the purpose of gathering the dead and wounded.
School Call – This signal was sounded to summon soldiers designated at roll call to attend the schools organized in many of the fixed camps, as many men in the ranks could not read or write.
**This will be sounded more at living history events, where there is a scheduled/impromptu history discussion for the education of the regiment.
**Assembly will no longer be used to indicate the start of drill.
The Recall – The Recall was used in camp and in battle. It was sounded to summon troops back to the main battalion for further instructions or dismissal from drill. In battle it was used to recall troops already deployed back to the main or reserve battalions.
*These may also be used on the march.
Deploy as Skirmishers
By the Right Flank
By the Left Flank
Rally by Fours