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The William Diamond Junior Fife & Drum Corps

The William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps is a youth musical group comprised of young people, ages 8-18, from Lexington, Massachusetts, United States of America. These young musicians play a wide-range of America’s historical music. Our mission is to keep alive the historical fife and drum music of the United States through education and performance. The William Diamond Juniors were formed in 2002 and named for the drummer in the Battle of Lexington, the first battle of the American Revolutionary War. The Corps plays instruments similar to those used in the late 1700s - the wooden fife and the rope tension drum. Annually, the William Diamond Juniors receive invitations to perform in ceremonies, parades, conferences, and historical events both near and far. In 2014, the William Diamond Juniors performed in 50 events. Highlights from past marching seasons include invitations to march in the 250th New York City St. Patrick’s Day Parade, the inaugural flight of Japan Airlines Dreamliner, and the Plymouth Thanksgiving Day Parade. They have appeared in Boston Magazine with Aerosmith’s Joe Perry and were featured on ABC’s Chronicle News Magazine, a television program. In 2005 and 2012, the Corps traveled to Switzerland to perform in invitational fife and drum musters. In 2013, the Corps performed in Walt Disney World. In 2010 and 2014, they performed in Colonial Williamsburg’s Drummer’s Call. They received first place in the Boston Tea Party Ships Junior Invitational Fife and Drum Tattoo and as a result, led the Boston Tea Party Reenactment Parade in December 2014. In 2015, the Corps is excited to travel to England to meet members of the Brentwood Imperial Youth Band and to perform in Cambridge and London.