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JUBA CLARK'S ARMY. American. The tune appears in minstrel Dan Emmett's Fife Instructor (1862), named in honor of his drum instructor. Emmett wrote: "I practiced the drum incessantly under the tuition of John J. Clark (better known as 'Juba'), and make myself master of the 'Duty' and every known 'side beat' then in use." Emmett came into contact with Clark at Newport Barracks, Kentucky, where he was first stationed after joining the army as a teenager in 1834 (Hans Nathan, Dan Emmett and Negro Minstrelsy, Univ. of Oklahoma Press, 1962, p. 107).

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