The Company of Fifers & Drummers would like to inform you that from February 1-February 28, the New Rochelle (NY) Public Library is presenting an exhibit on the historic Charles W. Dickerson Fife, Drum & Bugle Corps. The Company Archives Committee was pleased to provide research support for the project. A reception will be held on Sunday, February 23, 2020, from 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm.
Please find attached an invitation to attend the Exhibit Reception being held at the New Rochelle Public Library on Sunday, Feb 23, 2020, from 4:30-6:00pm, following a performance by the Harlem Blues & Jazz Quartet. We hope many of you will take the opportunity to stop in to the library this month and view the exhibit or else attend the reception to honor this very celebrated group of musicians!
We’ve Come a Long Way Together: The Charles W. Dickerson Fife, Drum & Bugle Corps
On view, Friday February 1- Thursday, February 28, 2020
Exhibit Reception: Sunday, February 23, 2020, 4:30 pm – 6:00 pm
Lumen Winter Gallery
The story of an extraordinary New Rochelle group, which was formed from a segregated African-American boy scout troop and became one of America’s leading fife, drum and bugle field corps, will be featured in this fully illustrated exhibit. Researched, written, and curated by Professor Robert Wechsler, and designed by Jesse Sanchez, the exhibit includes detailed narrative, images, sounds, and artifacts that trace the Charles W. Dickerson Fife, Drum & Bugle Corps’ origins, members, and its award-winning role on a national level.
The Exhibit is made possible with a grant from the New Rochelle Public Library Foundation. The Exhibit Reception is made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library.
Harlem Blues & Jazz Quartet
Sunday, February 23, 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Ossie Davis Theater
Before the Exhibit Reception, please join us for a fabulous tribute to another legendary group of musicians! Founded in 1973 by King Oliver’s trombonist/blues singer Clyde Bernhardt and jazz aficionado Al Vollmer, the Harlem Blues & Jazz Band has is comprised of significant side-men of the Classic Jazz Period. This “National Treasure” is one of the most authentic Swing Bands playing today. Seating will be on a first-come, first-served basis, with a suggested donation of $2.00. The Concert is made possible by the Friends of the New Rochelle Public Library.