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Watch and hear the 2013 Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corps

Fort Snelling Drummer


The Historic Fort Snelling Fifes and Drums will debut in summer 2014.

Students 15 years and older are encouraged to join the ranks of this unique musical ensemble.

  • Learn period duty calls and military music
  • Teach music history to Historic Fort Snelling visitors
  • Depict one of the earliest military musical units in the state
  • Perform at historic sites and in area parades
  • Serve as a musical ambassador for the Minnesota Historical Society and the State of Minnesota.


We are accepting applications for:

  • Snare drummers who can master traditional grip
  • Woodwind players willing to learn 6-hole fife techniques


The program runs from February - August. We are recruiting a diverse group of students who are able to attend a group rehearsal one day per week and six to eight Saturday performances during the summer. Students will be trained and led by Fort staff with fife and drum experience.


Questions? Contact Ron Grogg Ron.Grogg@mnhs.org • 651-259-3186

Historic Fort Snelling is a National Historic Landmark located right here in Minnesota. At the historic fort, visitors can learn not only about military history from before the Civil War through World War II, but also about slavery in Minnesota and the U.S.-Dakota War of 1862. 


Background Checks

The Society is committed to providing a safe, and secure environment for visitors, staff and volunteers. Prospective volunteers over the age of 18 are required to pass a background check as a condition of volunteer placement.

Questions? Contact volunteerservices@mnhs.org • 651-259-3188


About Student Volunteers . . .

Teen VolunteersHow old do I need to be to volunteer at the Society?
Students 14 or older are encouraged to volunteer at the Society. They are required to provide a one year commitment, contribute 25 or more hours and volunteer at their scheduled time. The Society looks for student volunteers who enjoy working with people, are friendly, enjoy learning new things and would like to increase their job skills. Many use this experience to help prepare them for college or further education.

There are benefits for student volunteers.
By sharing your time as a volunteer, you can request letters of reference for college and job applications which can help prepare you for your future career.

A volunteer experience can provide you with a sneak preview of a variety of jobs available in many different fields. Most of all, by volunteering you can meet new people, make a difference in your community and have fun.

So how can I become a volunteer?