For over half a century the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes & Drums has
transformed children from the Williamsburg community into young adults who
exemplify these attributes. With
its beating drums, trilling fifes and colorful uniforms, the
Corps has become one of the most recognized symbols of Colonial
Williamsburg. Members of the world-renown Corps are musical
ambassadors for the restored 18th century town. Today
there are approximately 80 young men and women in the Corps.
To commemorate the Corps’ 50th anniversary (1958-2008), Alumni
of the Corps created a not-for-profit organization, The
Tricorn Foundation, whose sole purpose is to establish a
permanent endowment to fund scholarships for graduating members
of the Corps. Tricorn
believes that the unique experience of service in the Corps
builds confidence and character, teaches the value of teamwork
and ultimately creates good citizens.
All alumni are extremely proud of these young men and
women and feel that graduates of the Corps merit both our
admiration and our continuing support through a scholarship
We hope that you agree and we are making a direct appeal
to friends and admirers of the Corps for your support in making
this worthwhile endeavor a reality.
Any and all donations are greatly appreciated. In
return for your tax deductible donation your name, if you
consent, will be listed as a donor on the Tricorn website, and
you will receive a Certificate of Appreciation.
50th ANNIVERSARY PAINTING "TATTOO"
By Pamela Patrick
To further commemorate the 50th anniversary, Tricorn
commissioned a painting THE TATTOO by historical artist Pamela Patrick
White. This painting was commissioned by Tricorn in 2008 to
honor the Corps’ 50th anniversary.
The painting authentically depicts a fifer and two
drummers playing the “tattoo” at the Powder Magazine in
. They are wearing
the uniform of the Virginia State Garrison Regiment, which is
known to have had a detachment in
during the Revolution. This
is the dress "regimental" uniform worn by the present day Colonial
Williamsburg Fifes and Drums. To learn more about Pamela Patrick
Fifers and drummers were
essential to the armies of the 18th century. They
relayed commands during battle and while in camp, fife tunes and
drum beats regulated the soldier’s daily life. Because the
musicians were under the age of 16, they were considered
non-combatants. To identify them on the battlefield, they wore
the opposite colors of the men at arms, which explains why the
coats of the musicians in the painting are red.
The Tattoo originally was played in the evening as a
signal to bartenders to close their taps so that the soldiers or
sailors could return to their quarters. It later evolved
into a bugle call that is now known as "taps."
"Giclee" prints of the original painting are available
for sale in two sizes: 18" x 22" Artist proofs and
12" x 15" Collector prints. To order a print of