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April 17, 2006

CW Fifes and Drums to perform at Boston-area Patriots Day events

The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums will perform 18th-century military music at three Boston-area events in celebration of Patriots Day. Forty members of the Senior Fifes and Drums will travel to Massachusetts to participate in observances of the 231st anniversary of the Battles of Concord and Lexington – “the shot heard ‘round the world” that signaled the first bloodshed of the American Revolution in 1775.

The Fifes and Drums will perform a Tattoo and Muster at 2-3:30 Sunday, April 16 in Lincoln. They begin their Patriots Day performances Monday, April 17 at 9 a.m. in the annual parade in Concord and conclude with the Lexington parade at 2 p.m.

The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums last participated in the Patriots Day observances during April 2000. With the beating drums, trilling fifes and colorful uniforms, the world-renowned Fifes and Drums has represented Colonial Williamsburg throughout the country, including performances at the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Pentagon, the Percussive Arts Society’s International Conference, Independence Hall in Philadelphia, the Chicago Art Institute and the New York Historical Society.

Founded in 1958, the Fifes and Drums are comprised of boys and girls aged 10-18 from the Williamsburg community.

Nearly 80 youths perform as members of two units: a junior and a senior group. Junior 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 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.

Their uniforms represent those of the Virginia State Garrison Regiment, which was authorized by the Virginia General Assembly in May 1778 to defend the eastern portion of Virginia, especially the capital at Williamsburg, during the American Revolution.

Established in 1926, the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational institution that preserves and operates the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. Williamsburg is located 150 miles south of Washington, D.C., off Interstate 64. For more information or reservations, call toll-free 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg on the Internet at

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