YORKTOWN, Va. - A group of young Virginians will bring 18th-century military music and field drills to the Philadelphia area this weekend.
The Fifes and Drums of York Town, a volunteer group of musicians ages 10 to 18, play period-style instruments and dress in uniforms that would have looked familiar to Gen. George Washington. The group is visiting Philadelphia and Valley Forge as part of their annual summer tour. They'll perform at Fort Mifflin, Independence National Historical Park, the Museum of the American Revolution, and Valley Forge. Tour stops in past years have included Washington, D.C., Baltimore's Inner Harbor, and the Statue of Liberty.
Performances will be at the following dates and times. Each performance will last 15 to 20 minutes.
• Friday, July 14 -- Fort Mifflin - 1:30 p.m.
• Saturday, July 15 -- Independence National Historical Park - 9:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m.
Museum of the American Revolution - 3 p.m.
• Sunday, July 16 -- Valley Forge - 10:30 a.m., National Memorial Arch, and 12:30 p.m., Washington's Headquarters
The corps performs regularly during the summer at the Yorktown Visitor Center, the American Revolution Museum, and the Yorktown waterfront. Other appearances take place throughout the year. A performance schedule is available at their website: http://www.fifes-and-drums.org/performances.
The Fifes and Drums of York Town was founded in observance of the nation's 1976 bicentennial. The corps continues its mission to preserve a historic art form and inspire an appreciation of American history. Members gain a uniquely personal perspective on our nation's past as well as an opportunity to grow into young leaders with a strong commitment to community service.
Membership is open to any young person with an interest in history and music, with no prior music or marching experience required. For more information about joining, watching, or hiring the Fifes and Drums of York Town, visit the website http://www.fifes-and-drums.org/. You can also enjoy performance videos and photos on Facebook or Twitter.
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