50th Anniversary Weekend
weekend of July 4-6, 2008, the Colonial Williamsburg Fifes &
Drums celebrated its 50th anniversary in Williamsburg,Virginia.
The Corps was formed in 1958 with a handful of fifers and drummers
and has grown to over 100 active members in the Junior and Senior
Over the years, nearly 1000 young men and women have passed
through the ranks of in the Corps.
There was a
reception for alumni at Shield's Tavern on Friday, July 4, 2008, prior to the fireworks. The alumni
then performed on Market Square prior to the 4th of
July fireworks. On July 5th there was a parade down the Duke of Gloucester Street.
alumni fielded three separate corps for the parade.
When combined with the present Junior and Senior Corps,
this parade contained the most Colonial Williamsburg
fifers and drummers ever to march through the Historic Area.
On Saturday night, July 5th, there was a banquet
for alumni and their families and special guests.
The banquet was held in the Virginia
at the recently re-built Williamsburg Lodge. Over
425 alumni and guest attended the banquet. The banquet
recognition of seven individuals who were pillars in the founding
and growth of the Corps: William D. (Bill) Geiger (accepted by
his widow Mary Geiger); George Carroll; Herb Watson; William E.
White; John C. Moon; Tim Sutphin; and Lance Pedigo. The
Tricorn Foundation supported the 50th anniversary weekend by
providing the gifts for the seven persons recognized at the