- 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.
The William Diamond Juniors have performed in numerous ceremonies, parades and musters both
near and far. Some of these events include the Marlborough Junior 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 have
been featured participants at Colonial Williamsburg's Drummers Call weekend on several occasions, the most recent
being 2014. In 2013, the corps performed on Main Street, USA at Walt Disney World in Florida. 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 2015, the William Diamond Juniors are headed to Europe again, to play events in London and
the Walled City Tattoo in Londonderry, Northern Ireland.
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.