Saturday, August 13, 2022

Colonial Williamsburg Set to Host Drummers Call Weekend

(Courtesy of The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation)

WILLIAMSBURG — Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (CWF) announced that its Drummers Call Weekend will run May 20-21.

The Drummers Call Weekend is free and open to the public. The weekend celebration will feature Fife and Drum units from across the United States.

“We are excited to bring back Drummer’s Call after a two-year hiatus. This event is important for us as musicians and historians,” said Colonial Williamsburg’s Lead Fifes & Drums Instructor Brodie Adams. “It allows us to share unique perspectives on fifing and drumming from around the country with guests of Colonial Williamsburg as well as with each other. We hope that everyone who attends Drummer’s Call this year will enjoy the various interpretations of both music and costume that the visiting groups bring. I know we will.”

The various Fife and Drums units will perform music from different periods of history including the Revolutionary War, the War of 1812, and the Civil War.

The featured musicians are:

  • Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums Jr. Corps
  • Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums Sr. Corps
  • Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums Alumni
  • Tryon Palace Fife and Drum Corps (New Bern, North Carolina)
  • Central York Middle School Fifes and Drums (York, Pennsylvania)
  • Stony Creek Fife & Drums Corps (Branford, Connecticut)
  • Uxbridge Fife and Drum (Uxbridge, Massachusetts)
  • Fifes and Drums of York Town (Yorktown)
  • Field Music of the American Revolution (musicians from various states)

On May 20, at 7:30 p.m., the weekend event kicks off with the Successful Campaign, an event where the Colonial Williamsburg Fife & Drum Senior Corp and the Fifes and Drums of York Town perform at the Charlton Stage.

The next event, the Grand March and Review, will take place on Saturday, May 21 at 12:30 p.m. The Grand March and Review will feature Colonial Williamsburg’s Fifes and Drums leading a march with the visiting units.

The Grand March and Review begins at the Capital and tracks through Duke of Gloucester Street to Market Square.

According to a CWF release, “Drummers Call concludes with the Williamsburg Military Tattoo, a torch-lit march down Duke of Gloucester Street at 8:15 p.m. on Saturday, May 21, featuring the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums joined by the visiting units.”

For more information on the upcoming event please head over to CWF’s official website.

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