Fifes and Drums
Fifes and drums are the most iconic image and sound of Colonial Williamsburg. This elegant book of photographs presents the fifers and drummers in their many roles regulating the loading and firing of artillery, drilling in front of the Governor's Palace, participating in special events like Drummers Call and Grand Illumination, and marching up Duke of Gloucester Street.
Fifers and Drummers were an important part of the 18th-century military. Just as Virginia enlisted soldiers and stockpiled arms and ammunition, it also trained fifers and drummers to work with soldiers in the field. In the 18th century, fifers and drummers tended to be boys ages 10 to 18. Today, in modern Williamsburg, members of the Fifes and Drums are boys and girls ages 10 to 18.