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ďJust over the line into Lexington, and a few rods north, the land rises about fifty feet rather abruptly and with a ledgy face. This little summit commands a grand view up and down the road, for quite a distance, and therefore was an ideal location for the minutemen. Many were there awaiting the passing of the British, and when they were opposite, poured down on them a volley.Ē
      - Frank Warren Coburn, 1912.

February 4, 2019

Greetings Fellow Ancient Fife and Drum Corps,

It is that time again to start thinking about the annual Lexington Muster and Tattoo. It will be held in 2019 on the weekend of May 3, 4, 2019 at The Lexington Battle Common and the Minute Man National Park in Lexington Massachusetts. We would love to have your corps join us on Saturday and perform at our muster. We limit our muster to 30 corps, and we do have room for a few more this year. Please contact me, Carmin Calabrese carmfifes@gmail.com by March 1st if you are interested.

The Minute Man National Park and Lexington Common have been visited by United States Presidents, European Heads of State and even members of the Royal Family. The Common is the site of the annual Reenactment, a recreation of that bloody clash of April 19, 1775. This event draws up to twelve thousand spectators at sun up! It has been the location of political protests. It is also the site of the annual Lexington Fife and Drum Tattoo held on May 3, 2019.

The Minute Man National Park muster field is on the historic Battle Road from Concord to Lexington and is the site of the annual Lexington Muster held this year on May 4, 2019.

The Lexington Muster and Tattoo is sponsored by the William Diamond Jr. Fife and Drum Corps. We are a junior fife and drum Corps from Lexington and beyond. Each year on the first weekend in May we hold our annual Muster in Lexington at Minute Man National Historical Park. The opening event for the weekend is the Tattoo held on beautiful Lexington Common.

The Tattoo begins at 18:00 on Friday evening, May 3th with a short parade (.02 miles long) of our featured corps. The parade will end on Lexington Common. After the featured corps have passed through the Common the performances will commence at once. At the conclusion of the Tattoo (approximately 20:00) the four featured corps will take the field en mass. From there we shall retire to the muster field for a tradition fife and drum ďjam Session.Ē

The Muster begins at 11:30 on Saturday morning, May 4th with a parade along the Battle Road to the muster field. After everyone marches through the muster field the muster begins with the performances of 30 of the best fifes and drum corps in the Northeast.

I have included a schedule of the weekendís events for your edification. If you or your corps is interested in attending the muster, please contact me. To date have 23 corps attending and still have room for a few more.

2019 Lexington Tattoo and Muster Schedule

Friday, May 3, 2019. Camping opens at 12:00 noon at the Visitorís Center Minute Man National Historic Park, Route 2A, Lexington, MA. RVís and cars may park at the Minute Man National Historical Park Visitorís Center lot where directed. Please follow signage and direction of Park personnel.

Tattoo Friday May 3, 2019 Lexington Common

6:15 PM. Corps Commanders, Majors, and Color Guard Units will meet with Tattoo Director Carmin Calabrese at Saint Brigidís Church.

6:30 PM. Corps line up at St Brigidís Church for the march to Lexington Common

6:50 PM. Parade steps off. Corps will march from St Brigidís Church to the Lexington Common.

7:00 PM. Tattoo commences.

9:00 to 10:00 PM. Jam session at Minute Man National Historical Park Visitorís Center.

Muster Saturday May 4, 2019 Minute Man National Historic Park

9:00 AM. Suttlers and Fife & Drum Vendors open at Muster Field. Parking for Muster vendors will be at Minute Man High School on Route 2A across from Muster Field.

11:30 AM. Parade. All Corps stage at Trainer Field on the Battle Road and parade to the Visitorís Center (approximately one half mile).

12:00: Noon. Parade steps off, followed directly by Muster at Muster Field Minute Man National Historical Park Visitorís Center.

1:30 to 3:30 PM. Muster meal served to participating corps members across from Camp site under large tent.

6:30 to 10:00 PM. Jam session in front of Minute Man National Historical Park Visitorís Center.

In the Ancient Spirit, and for William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps,
Carmin Calabrese, Director
508-278-2803
carmfifes@gmail.com