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date: 11 November 2019

Moore, Michael “Daddy”locked

  • Susan Cifaldi


(b July 4, 1800; d Brooklyn, NY, Aug 3, 1897). American army drum major and educator. Moore joined the US Army in 1812 and participated in various campaigns until his appointment as Principal Musician (1834) and subsequently Instructor of Music (1841) at Governor’s Island. He taught rudimental drumming there to hundreds of military drummers until his retirement in 1869. Charles Henke (1798–1872), a Danish immigrant, taught the fifers. “Daddy” Moore and the more likable Henke were memorialized by a former student, Augustus Meyers, who recalled how, as a 12-year-old, he had attempted drumming but found it “too hard;” Sgt. Henke taught him to fife instead. It is likely that both Henke and Moore relied heavily upon rote with some assistance from written or printed instruction. Some pre-Civil War manuscript music sheets signed by “Sergt.C. Henke Instructor of Fifers” and “Sergt. M. Moore Instructor of Drummers” do survive, yielding glimpses into the duty calls that they taught the music boys. It was said that Moore’s two daughters could beat reveille better than any of the recruits....

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