View Full Version : Fort Delaware and the Don Hubbard Field Music School.

06-19-2006, 03:09 PM
Well we learned that all four methods of heat transfer compound themselves on a 93 degrees blue sky day inside of a brick walled enclosure. Certainly had an excellent time, made new acquaintances, ate heartily, and heard the finest in ACW brass band, field music, and bugling over the weekend. Working with eager music student's is one of those 'duties' that I welcome in this hobby.

My thanks to the 23rd PA Zouave's for their fatigue-ing work learning how to manuever (and control) their fast moving skirmish line by the bugle.

Anyone else have fun?

06-19-2006, 03:25 PM
My body hurts, I'm frigging tired and I have mosquito bites on my feet but I had a blast! Pickett duty in the back of that fort at 4am sure is scary though!

Dustin Coleman
23rd PVI
Birney Zouaves

06-19-2006, 04:37 PM
You are darn tootin' that the back part of the fort is scary....everyone knows that's where the moat monster waits for a wayward soul to drop trow' and expose fishing implements. CHOMP.

Loved that charge on the Bliss Farm building.....errr....your barracks.

Loyal Virginian
06-19-2006, 10:25 PM

Thanks for the posting. This was another great Don Hubbard Field Music School. In fact, Joseph said of the 4 he has attended, this was his best yet. I think I concur (though the first one will always be magical to me, especially Don's chicken farmer speech).

You sure made the buglers work hard, and we all loved it. Our lips were tuckered out well before the end of the day, but we have already today noticed marked improvement. We got some great tips on what to work on in our practice, and things to do to be more effective in camp and in the field.

And I echo your kudos for the 23rd PVI. They were very game to let us practice skirmish drill with them, and they did a great job. It is a real hoot to maneuver troops from 50 to 100 yards away by bugle call. It sure cuts down on the running around for the captain.

If there are any captains out there not using buglers to maneuver your skirmishers, then you are working too hard. Get a bugler and give it try. It takes a bit of practice, but it is well worth it.

Thanks to Col. Palese and all who made the DHFMS once again a big success.

Our personal thanks to RJ, Chuck Woodhead, and all our fellow buglers, from the three Abernathy buglers.

06-22-2006, 04:22 PM
Field musicians, troops and staff participated in the 6th annual Don
Hubbard Field Music School dedicated to the training of field musicians
at Fort Delaware June 16-18 2006. Students were given over nine hours of
instruction time on fife, drum and bugle plus the opportunity to
experience garrison life for a weekend. We could have not asked for a
nicer weekend. No rain, although it got hot by Sunday afternoon.

I would like to express my thanks to the students for enrolling in the
school and the instructors who gave so much time and effort to work with
each and very student. We had 25 drummers, 13 Fifers and 12 buglers
attending the school. Students came from as far away as California. We
were able to have a good Instructor/Student ratio this year and I am
sure that the musicians will return to their home units with knowledge
in the proper use of field music at re-enactments. Thanks to our
Instructors Alan Goldfinger, Jim Smith, David Loyal, Jason Maines, Lee
Caron, Joe Korber, Jeb Hague, Kara Nightingale, Karen McGuire, RJ Samp,
Chuck Woodhead and Jay Callaham.

Once again, I thank the military staff under Ron Plaese for keeping the
school on a smooth time track and dealing with logistics and military
discipline. Everyone from the adjutant, to the company commanders to the
first sergeants kept things moving quite well. Thanks to Heather Faust
and her kitchen staff for the period food that was good and in
abundance. A great thanks to the 23rd PA for providing military support
with the 24-hour guard mount. Thanks to the Fort Delaware staff for all
their help and for opening the fort to us! Thanks to David Noell for his
tireless work on the registration and website. A big thanks to David
Hare for having copies of the Nevins Book printed up and given away!! If
you did not get a copy contact me. Last, but not least, to members of
the Federal City Brass Band for portraying the garrison band!

A school like this just does not happen. Much work happens before we set
foot on the island. There were, as in any event, a few bugs that need to
be fixed and if anyone is interested in helping out for next year we
would love to have you involved. Everyone came together to make the
weekend run as smooth as possible and from the bottom of my heart I
again want to say, on behalf of the big guy upstairs, Thank You! I
think we did Don proud again and I was honored to be part of the school.

Jari Villanueva
Music Director, The Don Hubbard Field Music School