About the Corps

History of the Corps

The Fifes and Drums of York Town was originally formed in 1976 by the County of York as part of the Bicentennial Celebration of the American Revolution. The Corps continues its mission to preserve and present Revolutionary War era fife and drum music to expose the public to this historically unique and important art form. Our focus remains on teaching youth with the aspiration of developing an appreciation of their history in the Unites States of America. We hope that in teaching them the rudiments and drill of 18th Century Field music and then tasking them with performing for the public, we will grow confident and competent young men and women who carry on the traditions of our forefathers as well as growing into young leaders who embrace history as a means to forge our future. As the hometown corps of the place where American independence was won, our purpose takes on special meaning.

The Corps Today

Today, The Fifes and Drums of York Town is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with a membership of almost 60 youngsters. Members of the Fifes and Drums of York Town have performed at prestigious venues such as the Jefferson Memorial, the United States Capitol, Gettysburg Battefield, the Virginia Governor's Mansion, the Statue of Liberty and the Eiffel Tower. As this year progresses we are preparing nearly 100 performances at locations across the eastern seaboard. Both Junior and Senior members can be seen and heard weekly during the Spring, Summer and Fall in historic Yorktown. See the Corps in action: Here's a recent performance at Mount Vernon.

If you are excited by our American heritage and want to pursue excellence as part of our organization, the Fifes and Drums of York Town wants to hear from you!

Structure & Rank

As a Colonial Regimental unit, the Fifes and Drums of York Town recognizes the accomplishments of its members by awarding them rank. As beginning musicians, our members will participate in a recuit class that teaches them the fundamentals of marching and playing their chosen instrument.

After these recruits have gained skill and experience, they will be promoted to the Junior Corps where they will perform as uniformed members of the Corps at parades and other events. When Junior Corps members have demonstrated sufficient expertise in both music and drill, they are promoted to the rank of Corporal and become a member of the Senior Corps, earning the privilege to wear the distinctive, regimental uniform.

Rank Requirements - Drummer
Rank Requirements - Fifer

Music of the Corps

The Fifes and Drums of Yorktown has an extensive repertoire of field music. Go to "Music" in the menu, and listen and play along with some of the music used by our Corps.

Performance Pictures

Here you can find some pictures from performances in years past

Independence Day - July 4, 2016
Mount Vernon - July 2, 2016
WYDaily Article - June 20, 2016
National Memorial Day Parade - May 30, 2016
Yorktown Memorial Day Service - May 30, 2016
Thomas Nelson House - May 28, 2016
Williamsburg Drummer's Call - May 21, 2016
Gloucester Daffodil Festival - April 2, 2016
Coliseum Central Holiday Parade - November 21, 2015
Yorktown Day - October 19th, 2015
Opening for the Virginia Symphony - September 5, 2015
Summer Trip - July 16 - 19, 2015
Independence Day - July 4, 2015
L'Hermione Weekend - June 5 - 7, 2015
Yorktown Memorial Day Service - May 25, 2015
Thomas Nelson House - May 23, 2015
Williamsburg Drummer's Call - May 16, 2015
Honor Flight - April 18, 2015
December in Yorktown - December 2014
Coliseum Central Holiday Parade - November 22, 2014
Yorktown Day - October 19th, 2014
Opening for the Virginia Symphony - August 30, 2014
WYDaily Plymouth Corps Article - August 21, 2014
NATO - July 2, 2014
York View - May 2014
WYDaily Memorial Day Article - May 26, 2014
Yorktown Memorial Day Service - May 26, 2014
Thomas Nelson House - May 24, 2014
Williamsburg Drummer's Call - May 17, 2014
Honor Flight - May 3, 2014
Revolutionary War Grave Marker Dedication - April 5, 2014
Gloucester Daffodil Festival - April 5, 2014
Holiday Celebrations - Nov/Dec 2013
Yorktown Day - October 19, 2013
Opening for the Virginia Symphony - August 31, 2013
WYDaily Article - October 19, 2013
Summer Trip - July 18 - 21, 2013
Independence Day - July 4, 2013
National Memorial Day Parade - May 27, 2013
Yorktown Memorial Day Service - May 27, 2013
Thomas Nelson House - May 25, 2013
Williamsburg Drummer's Call - May 18, 2013
Yorktown Day - October 19, 2012
Opening for the Virginia Symphony - September 1, 2012
Summer Trip - July 15 - 18, 2012
Independence Day - July 4, 2012
Harbor Fest OpSail - June 9, 2012
Yorktown Maritime Weekend - June 1-3, 2012
Yorktown Memorial Day Service - May 28, 2012
Williamsburg Drummer's Call - May 19, 2012
National Portrait Gallery - February 18, 2012
Holiday Celebrations - Nov/Dec 2011
Yorktown Day - October 19, 2011
Opening for the Virginia Symphony - September 3, 2011
Independence Day - July 4, 2011
National Memorial Day Parade - May 30, 2011
Thomas Nelson House - May 28, 2011
Moore House Wedding - May 21, 2011
Williamsburg Drummer's Call - May 21, 2011
Yorktown Market Days - May 14, 2011
Swiss Event - April 30, 2011
Honor Flight - April 30, 2011
Gloucester Daffodil Festival - March 26, 2011
Holiday Celebrations - Nov/Dec 2010
Yorktown Day - October 19, 2010
York Town Tattoo - October 17, 2010
Opening for the Virginia Symphony - September 4, 2010
Summer Trip - July 15 - 18, 2010
Independence Day - July 4, 2010
Clarksville Independence Day Parade - July 3, 2010
NATO - July 2, 2010
Flag Day - June 12, 2010
National Memorial Day Parade - May 31, 2010
Yorktown Memorial Day Service - May 31, 2010
Williamsburg Drummer's Call - May 15, 2010
Gloucester Daffodil Festival - March 27, 2010
National Portrait Gallery - February 13, 2010
Coliseum Central Holiday Parade - November 21, 2009
York Town Day - October 19, 2009
York Town Tattoo - October 18, 2009
York Town Tea Party - October 4, 2009
Visiting Corps - August 2, 2009
Summer Trip - July 16 - 19, 2009
Waterman's Heritage Celebration - July 12, 2009
Independence Day - July 4, 2009
Flag Day - June 14, 2009
Kiln Creek Parade - June 13, 2009
Memorial Day Weekend - May 23-25, 2009
Williamsburg Drummer's Call - May 16, 2009
Gloucester Daffodil Festival - March 28, 2009
National Portrait Gallery - February 14, 2009


The Fifes and Drums of York Town is funded in part by the generous support of the York County Arts Commission, The Virginia Commission for the Arts, The National Endowment for the Arts, The Celebrate Yorktown Committee, and by individual donors who are interested in preserving our American heritage.

VA Comission for the Arts York County Arts Commission National Endowment for the Arts