Some time in the early 1970's, I asked a friend, Francis Germanero, if he would take over the position of drum instructor for the Germantown Ancients.
Fran's background was not in fife & drum, he was at the time a tenor drummer for the champion drum & bugle corps, The Connecticut Hurricanes.
But Fran's snare drumming chops were superb, as well as his knowledge of and skill with applying the drum rudiments to music.
It was a significant departure and challenging task for him to now think about applying drum rudiments to essentially "ancient" folk tune and marches.
Fran did well with this undertaking, composing relatively simple drum parts, which fit the melody lines perfectly, and have a unique feel.
The drum part to our subject fife tune, The First of September, is perfect example of his work.
There is not too much to consider with this piece other than some sticking, dynamics and bass/snare role changes in the second time through.
Not shown on the accompanying notation is that the flam-taps going from the first measure into the first beat of the second measure have been played as inverted flam-taps. Of course, this is optional.
The suggested dynamics shown throughout the piece indicating medium loud to medium soft can be changed and performed at any load/soft dynamic.
In the "fill" part for the second time through, it is significant to know that, beside the obligatory sextuple-single-sevens replacing certain flamecues as played in the first time through, in measures 5-6 (23-24), the bass drums now play the paradiddles with the snare drums doing eighth note flam taps.
It's a simple and effective drum part for the First of September and one different from what one hears for the tune at muster jam sessions.
Get a PDF copy of Germ's First of September drum part.