Anyway, one of the songs we learned--I played fyfe--is called "First of September." And every year, on the 1st of September, I hum or whistle this tune all day long. It's always been one of my favorites, and is super fun to play.
According to the website of the Yalesville Fife & Drum Corps, "First of September" is about an episode from the French & Indian War:
FIRST OF SEPTEMBER: . . . Honors The Battle of Quebec that started September 1, 1759. The British, under General Wolfe defeated the French on the Plains of Abraham.
Neat! Never knew that. While you're at the Yalesville site, listen to their recording of the "First of September" and "York Fusiliers." Very nice. Seriously, really well done.
Fyfe & Drum was so much fun--I even attended a real live muster once, and stayed up late with what seemed like thousands of other fyfers and drummers, playing those traditional songs late into the night. I've had a love of those songs ever since, and still have my music, my fyfe, and can still even play a bit. (Fyfe requires a huge lung capacity that I would probably have to work a while to regain.)
Wow . . . memory lane. Nice walk.