Historic Fort Snelling Fifes and Drums

Join the Ranks!


The Historic Fort Snelling Fifes and Drums is looking for students age 14 and older to perform during the 2020 season. Corps members will:

  • 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.

The corps engages:

  • Wind players willing to learn 6-hole fife technique
  • Brass players willing to learn bugle and 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 flag squad duties
  • Drum major (must have completed at least one year with the corps)

Students are trained and led by fort staff with fife and drum experience. The program runs from February through August. Volunteers must attend group rehearsals on Tuesday evenings beginning in February and running through early May. Rehearsals move to Saturday mornings in late May through August. Occasional sectional rehearsals or drill camps will be scheduled, along with eight to ten performances during the spring and summer.

Apply Today! The application process is underway. Complete an online application. In addition, student volunteers must complete a Student Volunteer Parent Permission Form and two reference forms (PDF).

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

Historic Fort Snelling is a National Historic Landmark located at the junction of the Mississippi and Minnesota Rivers. Visitors to the fort 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.

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