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On Saturday, August 3, 2013 from 2PM to 3:30PM at the Aldrich Art Museum Connecticut's rich history in the annals of fife & drum music will be the topic of a dialogue between Aldrich artist-in-residence Allison Smith and guest musical curator James Clark. The current exhibition Allison Smith: Rudiments of Fife & Drum explores the relationship between music, handcraft, national identity, war, communication, and entertainment in American history. The associated programs, inspired by Connecticut's ongoing role as the center of fife & drum music in the United States and the region's drum-manufacturing traditions, invites community engagement in Old Hundred, the Museum's historic administration building on Main Street. Smith and Clark will lead the Celestial Ancients Fife & Drum Corps, a project band formed in conjunction with her exhibition, at the head of a traditional muster in the Museum's sculpture garden on August 25. James Clark, a musical historian and noted fife & drum musician, is a founding member of Connecticut Valley Field Music, a fife & drum band based in Middletown, Connecticut, and the author of the book Connecticut's Fife & Drum Tradition, published by Wesleyan University Press (2011). Clark has performed worldwide, including the Tambour Festival, Liestal, Switzerland; Colonial Williamsburg, Virginia; and the New England Conservatory in Boston. Free for members and children 18 and under. Free with the price of admission.