Experience the Tradition at Drummer’s Call in Colonial Williamsburg

Join us on May 17-18 for Drummer’s Call, a celebrated event in Colonial Williamsburg that showcases the tradition of military music. Held annually, this event brings together the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums and seven visiting fife and drum corps, celebrating America’s rich military and musical history with performances from various historic periods including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.

Event Highlights:

  • May 17: “Successful Campaign” concert at 7:30 p.m. on the Governor’s Palace Stage featuring the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums Senior Corps and a special guest.
  • May 18: The festivities kick off with a Grand March at 12:30 p.m., led by the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums from the Capitol down Duke of Gloucester Street to Market Square. The day concludes with the Williamsburg Military Tattoo at 8:30 p.m., featuring all participating units in a memorable evening march.

Participating Groups Include:

  • Adamsville Ancients Fife and Drum Corps
  • Central York Middle School Fife & Drum Corps
  • Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums Jr. Corps
  • Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums Sr. Corps
  • Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums Alumni
  • Field Musick of the American Revolution
  • Field Music School
  • The Fifes and Drums of York Town
  • Patriots Fife and Drums Corps

This free public event is an excellent opportunity for the community and visitors to experience the powerful impact of historical military music. Local youth from James City, York counties, or the City of Williamsburg who are interested in music and history can apply to join the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums for the fall 2024 recruit class by May 31.

For more information on the event and the history of these fascinating musical groups, please visit Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums.

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