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February 23, 2020
2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
Edgell Memorial Library
3 Oak Street

Framingham, MA 01701

Fifing on the Front Lines

Sunday, February 23, 2020

After enlisting as a fifer in the Continental Army at just 13 years old, Thomas Nixon Jr. of Framingham marched on Lexington and Concord in April 1775. He, and thousands of young boys and teenagers, joined the fife and drum corps as both his father and uncle shouldered the call. While fifing was Nixon’s introduction to war, it appealed to him and became a true skill. The tune book Thomas carried in battle is one of fourteen known books of its kind in existence. It is also a rare depiction of fife tunes that included harmonies. Join the Framingham History Center as founding member of the Middlesex County Volunteer Fifes & Drums, Steven Taskovics, discusses the significance of the tune book and the fifers’ role in directing the Revolutionary War. Tickets are $5/FHC member and $10/non-member. Purchase tickets at or mail checks to FHC P.O. Box 2032, Framingham, MA 01703. Questions? Call 508-626-9091. This is a “Framingham’s Top 10” exhibit program.