Commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums with this two-disc set. Released in spring 2008, the stirring 60-minute documentary-for-broadcast DVD Drummers Call: America's Fife & Drum Tradition chronicles the patriotic story of fifes and drums from the 18th century to the present day and includes performances at the 2007 Deep River Ancient Muster and in Colonial Williamsburg's Historic Area. Thirty bonus minutes include rare photos and footage of the fifers and drummers and interviews with members of Colonial Williamsburg's Fifes and Drums from across the decades.
Carefully moved from archived original reel-to-reel tapes to digital recordings, the audio CD Half Century of Quarter Notes features music of the Fifes and Drums from the last 50 years. Especially noteworthy are two tracks recorded by alumni who attended "Drummers Call" in May 2007.
- Two-disc set
- 1 Audio CD
- Run Time 72:11
- 1 DVD
- Additional Features on DVD
- Total Run time 102:27
Our world-renowned Colonial Williamsburg Fifes and Drums are a semi-military corps of musicians that continues the 18th-century practice of recruiting youth. Each member must pass tune and marching requirements to advance through the ranks. They have performed throughout the country at such prestigious events as the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, the Lexington and Concord 225th Celebration in Boston, and several events celebrating America's 400th Anniversary of the first permanent English settlement in the Americas, including the visit of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.