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Historic Fort Snelling Fifes and Drums

Members of the Fifes and Drums with their instruments

Make Music History!


The Historic Fort Snelling Fifes and Drums is expanding upon the success of the corps' revival in 2014. Students 14 years of age and older comprise the ranks of this unique musical ensemble. They:

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

For 2015, the corps filled openings for:

  • Wind players willing to learn 6-hole fife techniques
  • Snare drummers who can master traditional grip
  • Bass drummers who can carry a 28-inch or larger drum
  • Alternates for the above positions and for honor guard duties
  • Drum major (must have completed at least one year with the corps)

The program runs from February through August.  Volunteers attend a group rehearsal on Tuesday evenings from February through early May and move to Saturday mornings in late May through August. Occasional sectional rehearsals or drill camps, and six to eight Saturday performances during the summer. Students are trained and led by fort staff with fife and drum experience.

See an example of the kind of corps we are hoping to build - Colonial Williamsburg Fife and Drum Corps.

Apply in September. To apply, complete an online application. In addition, student volunteers must complete a Student Volunteer Parent Permission Form (PDF), and provide two references. 

Questions? Contact Ron Grogg Ron.Grogg@mnhs.org651-259-3186

Learn more about Student Volunteers.

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.

Historic Fort Snelling
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