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May 10, 2011

Colonial Williamsburg’s Drummers Call Weekend Honors Armed Forces Day

Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums, along with fife and drum units from across the United States, celebrate the tradition of military music during Drummers Call Weekend, May 20-22.

Friday, May 20

The Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums with special guests, the Mountain Fifes and Drums from Lake Arrowhead, Calif., present “Successful Campaign,” an evening of ceremonial military music at 8 p.m. Friday, May 20 at Colonial Williamsburg’s Kimball Theatre. John Moon, former director of music for The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation and former drum major of the Brigade of Guards and of the British Army, hosts the presentation. Tickets are $12 for adults and youth ages six-17 and $6 for children under six.

Saturday, May 21

Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums honor Armed Forces Day, May 21, with several events that feature fife and drum units from the United States. Guests see the “Grand March” from the Capitol to Market Square. At 12:45 p.m., guests witness the “Grand Review.” The day concludes with the “Williamsburg Military Tattoo” with a march from Market Square to the Capitol. No ticket is required.

Sunday, May 22

During “To Arms” at 11 a.m. on Sunday, May 22, guests enjoy a demonstration of soldiers and their field music from various military units active during the American Revolution on Market Square. No ticket is required.

For more information on these programs, call 1-800-HISTORY.

In 2000, the late William Kimball and his wife Gretchen made a major gift to create the William and Gretchen Kimball Young Patriots Fund. One of the largest gifts ever made for youth history education, the Kimball Young Patriots Fund supports Historic Area youth programming including the Fifes and Drums.

The Fifes and Drums are composed of boys and girls from the local community ages 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 world-renowned military musicians have represented Colonial Williamsburg throughout the world, including performances on NBC’s Today Show, the Lexington Concord 225th Celebration in Boston, the Basel Tattoo in Switzerland, Parks Canada and the New-York Historical Society and the 82nd Annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade®. In addition, the Fifes and Drums performed for several events commemorating America’s 400th Anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, including Landing Party Festivals at six ports of call during the Godspeed Sail, the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of Great Britain and His Highness Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh, and America’s 400th Anniversary Weekend.

The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation is the not-for-profit educational and cultural organization dedicated to the preservation, interpretation and presentation of the restored 18th-century Revolutionary capital of Virginia. This town-sized living history museum tells the inspirational stories of our journey to become Americans through programs in the Historic Area and through the award-winning Revolutionary City program. Explore The Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg and discover the DeWitt Wallace Decorative Arts Museum featuring the best in British and American decorative arts from 1670 – 1830 and the Abby Aldrich Rockefeller Folk Art Museum home to the nation’s premier collection of American folk art, comprising more than 5,000 folk art objects made during the 18th, 19th and 20th centuries. Colonial Williamsburg is committed to expanding its thought-provoking programming through education outreach on-site and online. Purchase of Colonial Williamsburg products and services supports the preservation, research and educational programs of the Foundation. Philanthropic support by individuals, corporations, and foundations benefits the educational mission of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.

Williamsburg is located in Virginia’s Tidewater region, 20 minutes from Newport News, within an hour’s drive of Richmond and Norfolk, and 150 miles south of Washington, D.C. For more information about Colonial Williamsburg, call 1-800-HISTORY or visit Colonial Williamsburg’s website at

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Penna Rogers
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