Fife and Drum Taptoe concert series at Trenton’s Old Barracks Museum

TRENTON – The Old Barracks Museum celebrates history, music, and warm summer evenings with the fourth annual Taptoe Concert Series on July 8 and July 29. Gates open at 7 p.m. and the music starts at dusk to magically and musically transport you to the eighteenth century. Reserved seating is available on the balconies or bring a lawn chair and enjoy the performance.

The Taptoe recreates a summer evening in 18th century Trenton, when the musick and the guard would march through a garrison town signaling the time for the taverns to close their taps and for the soldiers to return to their barracks. Beginning at dusk, the evening will be illuminated with dramatic lighting by torches, candles, and spotlights. The Old Barracks Band of Musick will perform a production of The Battle of Trenton, a military sonata dedicated to George Washington, composed by James Hewitt (1770-1827) coupled with dramatic vignettes by Richard Bales circa 1950.

Advanced tickets available for purchase online at or by visiting the Old Barracks Museum Monday through Saturday, 10 a.m., to 5p.m. Ticket prices are  $25 reserved balcony seating with included light refreshments, $10 lawn seating, $20 reserved balcony seating for Old Barracks Museum members.

This program is made possible in part by the Mercer County Cultural and Heritage Commission through funding from the Mercer County Board of chosen Freeholders, and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, A partner agency of the National Endowment of the Arts. Sponsored by Jeffrey J. Schrader, CPA, P.C. Proceeds from the event benefit the Old Barracks Museum, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization.



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