While statues are coming down all around the state and others are being scrutinized, the town of Bloomfield, CT has gone the other direction and returned the Drummer Boy statue and its accompanying geese to his home on the town green. As we approach the 45th anniversary of the statue’s original dedication along with 4th of July weekend, let us focus on unraveling the history and the symbolic significance the Drummer Boy statue represents for the town of Bloomfield, CT and the nation as a whole.
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COMMISSIONED PROJECT OF THE DRUMMER BOY
The statue was removed in late spring of 2019 as part of phase two of the town green renovation for some much-needed repairs and reinstalled in a new location on the southwestern portion of the green on July 2nd. The statue restoration work was performed by Skylight Studios of Woburn, MA, and included:
- Blasting to remove all corrosion
- New, bronze drum skin replacement
- Incralac and wax coatings
According to town officials, the statue was commissioned by the Bloomfield Bicentennial Commission in November 1974 for execution by Professor Wolfgang Behl of the University of Hartford Art School. Behl used a unique technique in composing the sculpture by welding and shaping bronze strips over a pre-constructed steel rod frame. The central figure of the sculpture — the Brown Drum — is closely associated with Bloomfield’s history. The drums were manufactured on Brown Street by Benjamin Brown, and later by his nephew, Eli Brown. A number of Brown Drums are still in use today, and the Wintonbury Historical Society has two of them, according to town officials.
THE DRUMMER BOY
The Drummer Boy is a 8′ by 6′ by 6.33′ bronze figure of a Revolutionary War drummer sculpted by Wolfgang Behl and dedicated on July 5, 1976. It was a bicentennial project of the citizens of Bloomfield and part of a larger nationwide celebration commemorating the 200th anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. A standing male figure, wearing a ponytail, is dressed in Revolutionary War overcoat and boots. He is holding drumsticks in his hands, right above left, and playing a Revolutionary War drum, that was manufactured by the Brown Drum Company of Bloomfield, suspended from his shoulders. Two geese with outstretched necks, and one with outstretched wings, stand to the right side of the drummer. The trio are standing on a low fieldstone base which is surrounded by vegetation.
There are three plaques, one on the base and two on a rock on the grass to the west of the statue. The plaque on the base is inscribed:
THE BROWN DRUM
MADE IN BLOOMFIELD AND CARRIED
IN THE REVOLUTION SYMBOLIZES
THE SPIRIT OF FREEDOM, JUSTICE
AND EQUALITY WHICH CONTINUES TO
BURN BRIGHTLY IN THIS PROUD
JUNE 5, 1976
On the grass there are two plaques, one over the other, affixed to a rock. The upper plaque is inscribed:
THE VILLAGE GREEN
SYMBOLIZING THE BEGINNINGS AND
CENTER OF COMMUNITY LIFE
THE BLOOMFIELD VILLAGE GREEN
HAS EXISTED SINCE THE 1700’S
RESTORED BY WINTONBURY PARK
WINTONBURY PARISH 1735
TOWN OF BLOOMFIELD 1835
BLOOMFIELD REDEVELOPMENT AGENCY
The lower plaque is inscribed:
THE DRUMMER BOY
WOLFGANG BEHL, SCULPTOR
FOR THE BICENTENNIAL COMMITTEE
There is more to the Drummer Boy statue that meets the eye of the beholder. The monument embodies the core principle of the American Independence and individual freedom. We hope you enjoyed the article. Please feel free to leave us a comment below.
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Impressive post with great content.
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I was the equipment operator that placed the drummer boy in its original position on the green in 1976. I always liked that sculpture and remember the day it was placed very well. Great article with a lot of memories for me.
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