Fifes and Drums

The Field Music of the Virginia State Garrison Regiment, as the Fifes and Drums of Colonial Williamsburg is formally known, has its precedent in 1778 when the General Assembly established a regiment to protect the capital city of Williamsburg during the Revolutionary War. Field Musicians, or fifers and drummers, were typically boys too young to fight and primarily relayed commands to soldiers on the field. This rich historical context led to the establishment of a fife and drum corps for Colonial Williamsburg in 1958. It has continued, uninterrupted, to the present day.
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