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May 11, 2012

Colonial Williamsburg’s Drummers Call Weekend, May 18-20, Brings Fife and Drum Units from U.S. and Canada Perform Military Music

Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums, along with fife and drum units from across the United States and Canada, celebrate the tradition of military music during Drummers Call Weekend, May 18-20.

The weekend begins with the program, Successful Campaign, an evening of traditional, patriotic military music honoring the anniversaries of the War of 1812 and the Battle of Williamsburg at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 18 at the Kimball Theatre. The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums perform along with special guests the 40th Regiment of Foot Fife and Drum Corps from Fort George, Canada, and the fifes and drums of the 2nd Rhode Island Infantry. Tickets are $18 for adults and $9 for children under six. For more information or to make reservations, call 1-800-HISTORY or (757) 229-2141.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums programs are supported in part by the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund.

On Saturday, May 19 at noon, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums honor Armed Forces Day with a Grand March from the Capitol to Market Square featuring fife and drum units from the United States and Canada. At 12:45 p.m., guests witness the Grand Review. A special performance by the U.S. Army’s 3rd Infantry Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps at 7:30 p.m. precedes “Salute to the Nation” at 8 p.m. on Palace Green. Tony-award-winning actor Joe Mantegna hosts a “Salute to the Nation,” spanning 250 years of ideas that have created our unique American identity. The event concludes with a torch-lit tattoo and fireworks. No ticket required.

During To Arms at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 20, guests enjoy a demonstration of soldiers and their field music from various military units active during the American Revolution on Market Square. No ticket is required.

Founded in 1958, the Fifes and Drums perform in Colonial Williamsburg’s Historic Area nearly 500 times during the year, in daily programs from mid-February through December and during special programs observing major holidays. The Foundation’s musical ambassadors celebrated its 50th anniversary in 2008.

The Fifes and Drums are comprised of boys and girls from the local community aged 10–18. Nearly 100 youths perform as members of two units: a junior and a senior group. Junior group members train while waiting for a “front-line” vacancy in the senior group. Each member on average receives two periods of instruction and participates in two full rehearsals each week. The senior members enjoy a busy travel schedule as well, performing at special events outside the Historic Area.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th, 20th and 21st centuries. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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