April 27, 2006
March to the sound of a different drummer--and fifer--as CW hosts "Drummer's Call" May 19-21
During the war for American independence, armies relied on their music to communicate necessary orders, signal tactical maneuvers and provide musical entertainment. The fife and drum were the primary instruments used by both the British and American armies. Colonial Williamsburg’s Drummer’s Call Weekend, May 19-21, is devoted to the demonstration of how fifes and drums were used in the military by showcasing various regimental music units.
This special weekend begins at 8 p.m. Friday, May 19 with a “Successful Campaign: A Concert of Fifes and Drums” at the Kimball Theatre. Join Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums with the Connecticut Valley Field Music as they present a concert of patriotic music from the 18th and 19th centuries. Cost is $6.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, May 20 the Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums will honor Armed Forces Day with a Grand March from the Capitol to Market Square. Numerous fife and drum units from around the country will perform, including the Old Guard U.S. Army 3rd Infantry, Connecticut Valley Field Music, 1st Michigan, Continental Line Field Musicians, Middlesex County 4H Fifes and Drums of Boston, 41st Regiment from Fort George, Canada, and York Middle School, York, Pa. The Fifes and Drums of Yorktown, Va., also will perform.
The program continues at 6 p.m. with a Williamsburg Military Tattoo, known as Taps today, which signified the end of a soldier’s day. During this program Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums will perform with the above mentioned groups interspersed with 18th-century military drills, including musket, canon and Dragoon demonstrations on Market Square.
Drummer’s Call concludes at 11 a.m. Sunday, May 21 at the Powder Magazine with the program, “To Arms,” a demonstration of soldiers and their field music from various military units active during the American Revolution.