April 29, 2005
March to the sound of a different beat as CW hosts "Drummer's Call" May 20-22
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 20-22, 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 7 p.m. Friday, May 20 with a Military Tattoo. The Tattoo, known as Taps today, signified the end of a soldier’s day. During this program Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums will perform while interspersed with 18th-century military drills on Market Square. A march down Duke of Gloucester Street to the Capitol building will immediately follow the performance. Other featured groups include the 3rd U.S. Infantry – The Old Guard Fife and Drum Corps, and Mountain Fifes and Drums from Lake Arrowhead, Calif.
At 1 p.m. Saturday, May 21 the Grand March by Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums from the Capitol to Market Square will include numerous fife and drum units from around the country such as the Middlesex County 4H Fifes and Drums of Boston. The Fifes and Drums of Yorktown, Va., also will perform. Immediately following the march, each group will perform a feature presentation behind the Courthouse of 1770.
Drummer’s Call will end at 1 p.m. Sunday, May 22 at the Powder Magazine with “To Arms.” This program is a demonstration of soldiers and their field music from various military units active during the American Revolution. Differences in uniforms, tactics and drum beatings will be highlighted as will the Rhode Island Regiment and 2nd Virginia Regiment.
Lorraine C. Brooks