Blue Bird March

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BLUE BIRD (MARCH). AKA - "Bluebird." American, March (cut time). A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The march was printed in Joseph Herrick's The Instrumental Preceptor (Exeter, N.H., 1805), Charles Robbins' The Drum and Fife Instructor (Exeter, N.H., 1812), and Daniel Steele's The New and Complete Preceptor for the Fife (Albany, N.Y., 1815). It also was entered into several musicians' manuscript collections, including the c. 1776-1778 music copybook of fifer Thomas Nixon Jr. [1] (1762-1842), of Framingham, Connecticut. Nixon was a thirteen-year-old who accompanied his father to the battles of Lexington and Concord, and who served in the Continental army in engagements in and around New York until 1780. Woodwind player Silas Dickinson (Amherst, Mass., c. 1800), fiddler Eleazer Cary (Mansfield, Conn., c. 1799), Joel Allen (Southington, Conn., 1800), Morris Woodruff (Litchfield, Conn., 1803), and Hervey Brooks (Goshen, Conn., 1805), all also penned the tune into their copybooks.

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