A photographer (right) captures a white mob assaulting an African American man during the Detroit “race riot,” June 22, 1943.
Othar Turner. Fife and drum blues is an American folk music form derived from country blues, martial music tradition, and African rhythms. It is performed typically with one lead fife player and a troop of drummers. Unlike a drum corps, the drum troop is loosely structured. As such, a fife and drum band may have a variable number of snare, tom, and bass drum players. Fife and drum performances are often family affairs held at reunions, summer community picnics, and on holidays