The fife is a simple, high-pitched member of the flute family. The fife came to the New World as a military instrument with European soldiers and as a folk instrument with settlers. During battle, it was of utmost importance that the company fifer know the signal calls and play them flawlessly. The fifer was well suited to the jigs and reels colonial America was so fond of. Today the fife is enjoyed by beginners playing folk tunes and woodwind artists playing complex arrangements. This handcrafted fife is made of maple and is 16 long.