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May 13, 2014

Colonial Williamsburg’s Drummers Call Weekend May 16-18

WILLIAMSBURG, Va. (May 13, 2014) – Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums, along with fife and drum units from across the U. S. and Canada, celebrate the tradition of military music during Drummers Call Weekend, May 16-18.

The weekend begins with “Successful Campaign,” an evening of traditional, patriotic military music honoring the anniversaries of the War of 1812 and the Battle of Williamsburg at 7:30 p.m. on Friday, May 16 at the Kimball Theatre. The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums perform along with special guests, Connecticut’s Grand Republic Fife & Drum Corps, which recreates the sounds of the late 19th century — a legacy of the music performed by Civil War veterans. The Grand Republic’s repertoire draws on the rich heritage of American music from the period following the War Between the States. Tickets are $19 for adults and $9.50 for youngsters 6-12. Children under six are free. For more information or to make reservations, call (855) 296-6627.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums honor Armed Forces Day with a “Grand March” from the Capitol to Market Square at noon Saturday, May 17, featuring 14 fife and drum units from the U. S. and Canada. A “Grand Review” on the north lawn of the Courthouse of 1770 immediately follows the march. No ticket is required.

A torch-lit parade highlights the “Williamsburg Military Tattoo” at 8:30 p.m. Saturday beginning on the Governor’s Palace Green and finishing at the Capitol. Tattoo was originally a musical signal for the troops to return to their barracks before curfew. No ticket is required.

Soldiers and field musicians — fifes and drums from various military units active during the American Revolution — demonstrate the art and skill of marching and firing during “To Arms” at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 20. No ticket is required.

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

Founded in 1958, the Fifes and Drums perform in Colonial Williamsburg’s Revolutionary City nearly 700 times during the year, in daily programs from mid-February through December and during special programs observing major holidays.

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 preserves, restores and operates Virginia’s 18th-century capital of Williamsburg as a 21st-century center for history and citizenship. Innovative and interactive experiences, such as the street theatre Revolutionary City? and the RevQuest: Save the Revolution!TM series of technology-assisted alternate reality games, highlight the relevance of the American Revolution to contemporary life and the importance of an informed, active citizenry. The Colonial Williamsburg experience includes more than 400 restored or reconstructed original buildings, renowned museums of decorative arts and folk art, extensive educational outreach programs for students and teachers, lodging, culinary options from historic taverns to casual or elegant dining, the Golden Horseshoe Golf Club featuring 45 holes designed by Robert Trent Jones and his son Rees Jones, a full-service spa and fitness center, pools, retail stores and gardens. Philanthropic support and revenue from admissions, products and hospitality operations sustain Colonial Williamsburg’s educational programs and preservation initiatives.

Media Contact:
Jim Bradley