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'Tea party' fife and drum duo calls it quits -- or do they?


Forget fife and drum. How about strife and drum? Fife and drum

That seems to be the way to describe the two “tea party” enthusiasts and musicians from Colorado who apparently have gone their separate ways.

Artistic differences? Nope. Appropriately for the tea party, the source of friction was politics.

According to the Coloradoan in Fort Collins, the duo in question were the members of the Liberty Leaders, who wore garb in the style of the Revolutionary War era (tri-cornered hats included) and played at numerous tea party events.

But politics intervened. John Weins, the fifer, backed one candidate for sheriff. Drummer Mel Hilgenberg supported another. As the Coloradoan reports:

Weins owned the clothing and drum and took them back after the breakup. He said he’ll continue to perform with a new drummer, starting with Wednesday’s parade for the Larimer County Fair & Rodeo.

But the newspaper, in a later report, suggests that there may still be chance for a Liberty Leaders reconciliation.

-- Steve Padilla

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Photo: John Wiens and Mel Hilgenberg. Credit: Associated Press

 
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A veteran foreign and national correspondent, Andrew Malcolm has served on the L.A. Times Editorial Board and was a Pulitzer finalist in 2004. He is the author of 10 nonfiction books and father of four. Read more.
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