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June 22, 2007

CW's Fifes and Drums to perform at Macy's Independence Day celebration

Members of Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums perform in this year’s Macy’s Fourth of July Fireworks® celebration in New York City.

Under the direction of Lance Pedigo, the Fifes and Drums will play along with the New York Pops and various Broadway performers. The military musicians will perform the traditional pre-Revolutionary song, “Yankee Doodle,” while “red and blue whistles burst across the sky,” according to Macy’s. “Being asked to be a part of this huge event is extremely exciting and underscores the performance level of our fifers and drummers,” Pedigo said.

Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums consist of community youth ages 10-18 who are trained in traditional 18th-century military music. Seven members ages 15-18 will perform for the Independence Day celebration. With 700 performances per year, Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums are known for their talent and precision.

Macy’s 31st Fourth of July Celebration features a fireworks display launched from eight barges on the East River and South Street Seaport. The entire display will be broadcast nationally on “Macy’s 4th of July Fireworks Spectacular” on NBC-TV at 9 p.m. EST, also presented in High Definition.

Members of the senior Fifes and Drums also perform on July Fourth at Colonial Williamsburg’s Market Square.

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 – while historic tradespeople research, demonstrate and preserve the 18th-century world of work and industry. 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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