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Wednesday, August 31, 2005

BROWN DRUM


Bloomfield, CT - The Browns of Wintonbury (now known as Bloomfield) are famous drum makers. It is said that Brown is to a drummer as Stradivarius is to a violinist. This statue pays tribute to Brown Drums. Peter Brown appears on the records in Windsor Connecticut in 1658. Two of his descendents were barrel makers and one was a tanner, both are needed in drum manufacturing. Some of these drums were used in the Revolutionary War. The drum business flourished until the middle of the eighteen hundreds, the most recent surviving drum is labeled 1848. Some of these drums are still being used by the Moodus (CT) Fife and Drum Corp. and the Mattatuck (Waterbury, CT) Drum Corp. ( I was a fifer in this band for a number of years).

Info: www.bloomfieldcthistor.org
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BROWN DRUM

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