Four dedicated historical musicians with special expertise lead The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums, working in concert to re-create the military unit called “fifes and drums” of the 18th century.
Amy Laura Edmondson Miller
A native of Atlanta, Ga, She holds a bachelor's degree in music from Florida State University and a master's degree from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She earned a doctorate in music from Florida State University in flute performance.
Amy came to Virginia in 1996 and began performing for the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation as a colonial performer on baroque flute, recorder, and harpsichord. She became field music instructor on the fife for the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums in 1998 in preparation for girls being admitted to the program the following year. Today, Amy performs for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and others and also teaches privately on modern and period instruments.
Born in Williamsburg and joined the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums in 1990 as a snare drummer. During his time as a juvenile performer he played for notable individuals such as Fred Rogers of Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood in 1993 and for the arrival and visit of Jiang Zemin, the Premier of China, in 1997. After his tenure as a performer with the Fifes and Drums, Stewart worked for nearly eight years as a military history interpreter at Colonial Williamsburg’s Public Magazine while attending nearby Christopher Newport University. In the summer of 2006, Stewart was hired as drum instructor for the Fifes and Drums and as an event coordinator for the department of Historic Area Events.