California Fife Music

Chris Nawojczyk playing fife at Plymouth, Massachusetts 4th of July parade.

Military Sound From The Age of Reason

My official flautist website for Colonial fife and Scottish flute music can be found at CaliforniaFife.com.

I play authentic European and early American music from the Age of Reason along with traditional Irish and Scottish music. I started at age 11 in New England, reenacting the American Revolution with the Sudbury Ancient Fyfe and Drum Companie.

The original purpose of the military fife was to be played with the drum in order to provide order, cadence and encouragement to military troops. Fifes and drums were used throughout European militaries going back to the 1300s in Switzerland, and a few hundred years later in Germany.

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