Next the Admiral made our fifer to play a merry and peaceful air.
Questioned, what was the personal appearance and age of the said fifer.
William Kemp was the drummer, and Wilder Shepley the fifer, both noted musicians in their day.
The fifer, the drummer, and the little boy should be good musicians playing patriotic music of the Revolution.
He and Bill, the fifer, became great chums and Eddie was the favorite of the whole regiment.
As we halted to watch the pathetic array, their fifer and drummer wheeled out and marched down the line, playing Yankee Doodle.
The said fifer spoke against the christian religion and Spain, and Estruch opposed him.
Thus, with two soldiers to guard him, with a drummer and fifer playing the Rogues' March, he was paraded through the camp.
Well, well, bring the drum, and order our fifer to come here.
The man pointed, as his authority, to an American fifer who just then came up in breathless affright.
1550s, from German Pfeife "fife, pipe," from Old High German pfifa, or via Middle French fifre (15c.) from the same Old High German word; ultimately imitative. German musicians provided music for most European courts in those days. As a verb from 1590s. Agent noun fifer is recorded earlier (1530s). Fife and drum is from 1670s.
A small flute with a high, piercing tone, used mainly in military bands.