Our June 15th meeting will feature an exciting and unique presentation on the role music played during the Civil War, concentrating on how fifes and drums were used to lead the troops throughout those years. Our presenters, Jim Zelle and Jo Frohbieter-Mueller, will play many of the more popular tunes used during that era and Jo will demonstrate a variety of fife and fife-like instruments. If you happen to have any Civil War era instruments, bring them to the meeting so we can have a show and tell – and JO will try to get the instruments to “speak”.
Jim Zelle, a drummer who plays a Civil War style snare drum, has been playing drums in a variety of musical styles for the better part of 70 years. His most recent performances are with the Templeairs Big Band, the Dixielanders, and the Red Bank Reunion Civil War Band. He also directs a drum circle at the Easter Seals Rehabilitation Center Aspire Day Program for which he was recently honored with the 2017 Individual Community and Neighborhood award by Evansville Celebration of Leadership.He is also President of the Jazz Organization that meets at the University of Evansville.
Jo Frohbieter-Mueller, who plays fifes, has been called “That Renaissance Lady” because she is active in both the arts and in science. She is involved in the world of music (flute, harp), the visual arts (use biological stains to create images on marble slabs), and the literary arts, and has had seven books, and several hundred articles, published in national magazines and scholarly journals. She’s a parameciologist and has worked most of her life with protozoans to research genetic issues and the aging phenomena.