Late last week and on Saturday morning, Bedford residents were cheered by the sight and sound of a Young Drummer marching through Bedford neighborhoods.
A member of Lexington’s William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps for the past four and a half years, the Young Drummer has been interested in drumming since he was four-years-old.
His interest in fife and drum music aligned with an early passion for history after watching the Colonial re-enactors gather on Bedford Common before they marched off to Willson Park during Bedford’s annual Pole Capping ceremony.
The Young Drummer reported that he was videoed by a number of people, including those who stopped their bicycles and turned around to capture his march. As long as the weather cooperates, he plans to keep walking because as a friend emailed, ” Keep doing it. You’re making everyone feel happy. Like there’s no sickness and death.”
The Young Drummer’s father added, “[This is] a very strange time. And it’s something that really strikes a chord locally because of our connection to history. The drumming [could be seen as a] symbol of resiliency and of determination, and the need to band together as a community in times of great struggle and great need,” adding, “I think there are many people who may need that message right now.”
If the Young Drummer marches through your neighborhood, give him a wave, and a rousing “HUZZAH!”
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