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April 27, 2006

CW beats the drums with military music for a weekend of special programs in May

Colonial Williamsburg’s musician interpreters and guest fife and drum units from California, Rhode Island, Ontario, Michigan, Massachusetts, Virginia and Washington, D.C., will perform military field music during special programs for Drummer’s Call Weekend, May 18-20.

Guests will enjoy this exciting event because “history comes alive with the patriotic music that accompanied the birth of our nation,” said Lance Pedigo, drum major for Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums.

Drummer’s Call kicks off at 8 p.m. Friday, May 18 at Kimball Theatre with the program, Successful Campaign, hosted by John Moon, former director of music for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and former senior drum major of the Brigade of Guards and of the British Army. Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums, along with Mountain Fifes and Drums from Lake Arrowhead, Calif., will present a concert of military music.

Saturday’s programs begin at 1 p.m. with Grand March and Review from the Capitol to Market Square. Then, at 6 p.m., the Williamsburg Military Tattoo will be played in Market Square, interspersed with period military demonstrations. Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums host fife and drum and military units from around the country and Canada, including the Army’s 3rd Infantry Old Guard Fifes and Drums, to perform a tattoo, an outdoor military pageant or display, on Market Square. The performance will last for approximately an hour and a half. No ticket is required.

From 11 a.m. to noon on Sunday, May 20, Colonial Williamsburg will present the program To Arms, a demonstration of soldiers and their field music from various military units active during the American Revolution. Taking place in the Magazine Yard, this program is available with any Colonial Williamsburg admission ticket, Good Neighbor Pass or College of William and Mary faculty or student ID.

Drummer’s Call Weekend winds down Sunday afternoon with the concert The Art of Military Music, taking place at 12:30 and 2:30 p.m. in the Hennage Auditorium of the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum. Barry Bauguess and his New Bern, N.C.-based Baroque trumpeters are joined by Colonial Williamsburg's Drum Major Lance Pedigo for a special program highlighting military signal instruments interspersed with classical repertoire, from the 16th through 18th centuries, utilizing trumpets, kettledrums, and fifes and drums. Learn how Revolutionary War troops communicated and received orders during this 45-minute presentation. The concert is included in museum admission, but requires a free reservation which is available at any Colonial Williamsburg ticket sales location.

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 as a town-sized living history museum, telling the inspirational stories of our nation’s founding men and women. Within the restored and reconstructed buildings, historic interpreters, attired as colonial men and women from slaves to shopkeepers to soldiers, relate stories of colonial Virginia society and culture — stories of our journey to become Americans. As Colonial Williamsburg interprets life in the time of the American Revolution for its guests, it also invites them to interact with history. 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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