Calendar of Events 2017

We are looking for new members...

Are you interested in learning a musical instrument? Do you have an interest in history? Would you like to travel and perform with a fun musical group?
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Loyalist Fifes and Drums

The Loyalist Fifes and Drums is a recreated fife and drum corps of the American Revolution period (1776-1784). The purpose of this group is to honour the important role played by Loyalists.
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Our Mission

Most organisations have something they are trying to achieve and our group is no different. The following is the group's Mission Statement, which outlines our basic purpose.
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The U.E.L. Heritage Centre & Park

The Loyalist Fifes and Drums is funded and operated by the U.E.L Heritage Centre & Park. The 72-acre historic site has been open to the public since 1956, and provides a fascinating look at early loyalist life.
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Your Fearless Leaders

Mike Putnam was born and raised near Hamilton Ontario...Andrea Putnam was born and raised in Kingston...
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About Us - What is a Fife & Drum Corps?

During the American Revolution music played an important roll in operation of the army. In fact, without music, the army could not properly function.

Today, the modern military uses radios, satellites, and computers to transmit orders. However, in the age of flintlock muskets and scarlet uniforms, music was used to communicate with the army. From sunrise to sunset, the fifes and drums played signals, which told the army what to do. Reveille was played at daybreak to tell the soldiers to wake up. Dinner Call told them when it was time to eat. The Troop told them when the fall in for parade, and the Retreat told them when their working day was over.

Fifes and Drums were also used to provide music on the march and for ceremonies. We know that they often played the popular tunes of the day. In fact, it was not uncommon to use a fife and drum for dances at the local tavern.

Generally, the British army allocated two fifers and drummers for every 50-100 soldiers. A regiment was a group of soldiers that travelled together, and totalled around 1000 men. An average regiment had around 20 fifers and drummers. This group was known collectively as "The Drums" and was led by the Drum Major and Fife Major.