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Renowned Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums Celebrate 50th Anniversary In 2008


Signature Events During the Year Highlight Contributions of Fifes and Drums


          WILLIAMSBURG, Va. – Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums have celebrated the history of 18th-century field music for decades and now are making history of their own in 2008. The Foundation’s musical ambassadors celebrate their 50th anniversary.

“Through the Fifes and Drums guests not only see a part of our nation’s history they hear it,” said Tim Sutphin, director of historic events. “The corps demonstrates the importance of and the role of field musicians in the 18th century. This milestone anniversary celebrates the popularity of military music that captures the American spirit.”

          Founded in 1958, the Fifes and Drums perform in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area nearly 500 times during the year in daily programs

Colonial Williamsburg’s musical ambassadors, the Fifes and Drums, celebrate their 50th anniversary in 2008. To obtain this photo, contact Penna Rogers at (757) 220-7121 or


from mid-February through December and during special programs observing major holidays.

To celebrate this milestone anniversary, several signature events are scheduled:

·         Drummer’s Call, May 16-18. Colonial Williamsburg’s musician interpreters and guest fife and drum units from across the country perform military field music during special programs this weekend.

·         July Fourth. On Independence Day, old and new members of the Fifes and Drums will meet for a reunion. The alumni will perform alongside the current Fifes and Drums in a concert prior to the fireworks on Friday, July 4.

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