Epcot's Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps
The revolutionary spirit of is alive and well in Epcot's American Adventure Pavilion. Throughout the day, the Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps puts on a patriotic display that celebrates the military men of the colonial-era and evokes America's fight for freedom with it's marching music and military formations.
Their distinctive drumming has been putting on a rousingly patriotic performance that salutes America's musical heritage since the opening of Epcot. The Corps entertains passers by with their stirring renditions of "Grand Old Flag", "God Bless America", and many other military classics that are accompanied by poses to stir the memories of classic American works of art as well as entertain.
In the 18th century, fifers and drummers tended to be boys ages 10 to 18, however those in Epcot's Corp seem to be considerably more experienced. The unit has two drummers playing rope-tension drums with stylized art of the period adorning the sides, two fifers and a drum major that bears the American flag as well as sings. The Spirit of America Fife & Drum Corps brings to life the exciting sounds of the continental army. Watch this fantastic video by Dave (aka skirack9).
"Actually, if you could see close in my eyes, the American flag is waving in both of them and up my spine is growing this red, white, and blue stripe,"
~ Walt Disney
If you want to catch the Fife & Drum Corps performance on your next visit to Epcot be sure to check the Times Guide. It's a short show but worth the effort to make it to the pavilion during the performance.
Do you stop and listen to the Spirit of America when you're in Epcot? Leave me a comment below and tell me what your favorite patriotic tune is!