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Costume History

  • Fife and Drum Corps 1961.


    This photo shows the costuming worn by the senior corps in the early years, when the musicians performed under the direction of George Carroll. Dressed primarily as gentry, they wore matching coats and breeches and contrasting waistcoats with white cravats. (Photo Colonial Williamsburg 1961)

  • Fife and Drum Corps 1965.


    Regimental costumes were also issued to the senior corps in the early 1960s. White breeches and waistcoats were covered by red wool regimental coats. Musicians wore the opposite colors of the corresponding military unit. The red coats with blue facings worn by the musicians here indicate their corresponding military unit wore blue coats with red facings. The small clothes were later changed to a buff-colored linen. (Photo Colonial Williamsburg 1965)

  • Fife and Drum Corps 1975.


    In the 1970s, the junior corps was wearing various colored breeches and colonial shirts or red-trimmed hunting frocks held around the waist with leather belts. (Photo Colonial Williamsburg 1975)

  • Fife and Drum Corps 1981.


    In the early 1980s, under the direction of John C. Moon, Bill White, and Herbert Watson, the senior corps was still wearing regimentals. (Photo Colonial Williamsburg 1981)

  • Fife and Drum Corps 2000.


    In the early 1990s, under the direction of Tim Sutphin, the regimental costumes were re- interpreted more closely from the one approved by the Virginia General Assembly in 1778 to be worn by field musicians who supported the Virginia State Garrison Regiment. These regimentals are still in use now. (Photo Colonial Williamsburg 2000)