"In the clear chill of an early April morning in 1775... Captain John Parker,
commanding the Lexington minutemen, directed his drummer boy to go across the road to the Common
and beat the call to arms. And when William Diamond, bringing the enthusiasm of his sixteen years
to the beating of his gayly emblazoned drum, rolled out the call to the village's minutemen,
the War of the American Revolution began."
- from William Diamond's Drum by Arthur Bemon Tourtellot
The William Diamond Junior Fife and Drum Corps is designed to promote the study
of both music and history among young people in Eastern Massachusetts; to perpetuate the traditions of
fife and drum music; and to foster the spirit of fellowship among Americans through the music. This program
is a wonderful, fulfilling experience for young people that cannot be truly explained in words. Every time
these young people perform, hearts of parents, instructors and spectators just want to explode with pride!
It is not uncommon to see the directors and instructors with "tears of pride" following a performance.
Formed on October 22, 2002 in Lexington, the William Diamond Juniors consist of boys
and girls ranging from ages eight to eighteen. We are a teaching corps, and our members receive a quality
music education and an understanding of our great American tradition through the music. Several members
of the local fife and drum and colonial militia community provide instruction. Parental involvement is a
crucial component of our corps, as we function as a family organization. The William Diamond Juniors have
petitioned for and have been granted membership in the Company of Fifers and Drummers, both as individual
and corps members.
The signature sound of colonial New England is the sound of the six hole wooden fife and the rope tension
drum. These are the instruments used by our musicians. Clothing worn by the musicians approximates that
worn by persons of yeoman status, living in Lexington in 1775. Because we are a corps, all musicians dress
alike. Both the uniforms and the instruments are provided.
The William Diamond Juniors has performed in numerous ceremonies, parades and musters both
near and far. Some of these events include the Marlborough Jr. Ancient Fife and Drum Muster in Marlborough,
Connecticut, the annual U.S.S. Constitution Sunset Ceremony, and the annual Patriot's Day events in
Lexington. The William Diamond Juniors have performed in New York City's St. Patrick's Day parade, and in
ceremonies at Colonial Williamsburg in Virginia on multiple occasions. In 2005, and again in 2012, the corps
traveled to Switzerland to tour and perform with many of the Swiss fife and drum groups. And in 2013, the
corps will perform on Main Street, USA at Walt Disney World in Florida.
Perhaps the most challenging undertaking attempted by the corps is to host and attend our own
invitational muster. This has become a cherished annual event in Lexington, taking place during the first
weekend of May, and attended by corps from all over New England, and beyond.