Pete Emerick, Fife
Many years have come and gone since Pete’s introduction to fife and drum. He began under the instruction of his father who was the director of a local fife and drum corps organized to celebrate the centennial of the Civil War. The corps ventured into the Revolutionary War era in the early 60’s and so began a lifelong pursuit of research, performance and reenacting. Although he doesn’t recall the first job he ever performed, he does remember there were ones his dad said Pete was “too small to go”! The venues and associations enjoyed over the years have been considerable and encompass museums and historical sites up and down the east coast as far west as Ohio.
Pete has been an associate of Old Sturbridge Village in Sturbridge, Massachusetts for a large portion of his life and continues to perform there at present. His living history associations have included the National Park Service, the United States Military, and reenacting groups too numerous to mention in a short bio. He serves as Director and instructor of a local corps of martial musicians in Uxbridge, MA performing military music from the birth of the United States through the Civil War. Pete has performed in major motion pictures, TV commercials, and History Channel programing. He has recorded several volumes of music including fife and drum and 19th century minstrelsy.
Pete assisted Don Hubbard with the organization of the first Civil War Field Music School and instructed at several schools over the years. For those willing to listen, Pete is eager to share his experiences and knowledge attained through the tutelage of his contemporaries and predecessors.