WILLIAMSBURG — You don’t have to live here long to hear the Fifes & Drums at an important event.
Whether it’s the two-man team for the opening of a meeting or the full 40-member corps for a Drummers Call, the ubiquitous musicians perform 700 times a year.
That’s a big demand on the time of young people aged 10-18. “We tell them it’s family, school and the Fifes & Drums, in that order,” said Lance Pedigo, Colonial Williamsburg’s manager of music programs, who runs the program.
The corps was formed in 1958 and has never lacked for troupers. Parents used to register their boys at birth for a place in the corps when they turn 10.
Now the entry is 8. “They have more...